“My mom worried that I would forget about her if I didn’t marry a Latina,” said Jesse Herrera, who married Emily, a white woman.
Extended family is an essential value for Mexican Americans, he explained.
Her husband, Dennis, is Chinese American, and she is from a white family. They don’t expect me to be Caucasian.” The occasional confused look is the least of the challenges faced by couples in interracial and intercultural marriages.
Being raised in different cultures means couples have to negotiate different communication patterns, agree on what they want for their mixed-race children, and learn to accept new traditions.
“Her family of origin is intact with loving, stable relationships. They just don’t have the same level of stress.” Christa had to take on these realities as part of her own story, now that she had tied her life to Mike’s—they were not part of her experience before.