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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts

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Much of our population views intercultural relationships as negative, however many practical reasons exist for building and sustaining intercultural relations. Intercultural relationships of nearly every type have been recognized as unacceptable, abnormal, and "mixed up" throughout long stretches of history in the United States and around the world. It was not until 1967 in the United States that the Supreme Court nullified laws against interracial marriage (Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia, 1967). Our past conceptions, ideals, and laws have created strong attitudes towards how the majority of people perceive intercultural relationships. Research shows that both men and women hold negative attitudes toward interracial relationships (Mills & Daly, 1995).
Through building and sustaining relationships with others from different cultures and races, we can acquire knowledge about the world, break stereotypes, and acquire new skills (Martin & Nakayama 1999). The diversity that is created by an intercultural relationship allows for increased creativity and improved problem solving (Cox & Blake 1991). Although many advantages of having intercultural relationships have been demonstrated through years of research, many attitudes of anti-interracial relationships continue to exist. This analysis will (1) synthesize research of peoples? perceptions of intercultural relationships, (2) discuss reasons why people perceive intercultural relationships as either negative or positive, (3) and discuss reasons why building and sustaining intercultural relationships have practical and positive benefits. Two main contexts among intercultural relationships are discussed: friendships and romantic relationships. Research in the areas of friendship selection, interracial/intercultural friendship, interracial/intercultural acceptance, interracial/intercultural contact, interracial dating, interracial marriage, and intercultural communication was reviewed. Suggestions for further research are made as well as commentary on the future of intercultural relationships.

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Docan, Tony. "Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112111_index.html>

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Docan, T. N. , 2003-05-27 "Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p112111_index.html

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Abstract: Much of our population views intercultural relationships as negative, however many practical reasons exist for building and sustaining intercultural relations. Intercultural relationships of nearly every type have been recognized as unacceptable, abnormal, and "mixed up" throughout long stretches of history in the United States and around the world. It was not until 1967 in the United States that the Supreme Court nullified laws against interracial marriage (Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia, 1967). Our past conceptions, ideals, and laws have created strong attitudes towards how the majority of people perceive intercultural relationships. Research shows that both men and women hold negative attitudes toward interracial relationships (Mills & Daly, 1995).
Through building and sustaining relationships with others from different cultures and races, we can acquire knowledge about the world, break stereotypes, and acquire new skills (Martin & Nakayama 1999). The diversity that is created by an intercultural relationship allows for increased creativity and improved problem solving (Cox & Blake 1991). Although many advantages of having intercultural relationships have been demonstrated through years of research, many attitudes of anti-interracial relationships continue to exist. This analysis will (1) synthesize research of peoples? perceptions of intercultural relationships, (2) discuss reasons why people perceive intercultural relationships as either negative or positive, (3) and discuss reasons why building and sustaining intercultural relationships have practical and positive benefits. Two main contexts among intercultural relationships are discussed: friendships and romantic relationships. Research in the areas of friendship selection, interracial/intercultural friendship, interracial/intercultural acceptance, interracial/intercultural contact, interracial dating, interracial marriage, and intercultural communication was reviewed. Suggestions for further research are made as well as commentary on the future of intercultural relationships.

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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 1 Running head: BUILDING AND SUSTAINING INTERCULTURAL REALTIONSHIPS Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts Tracking Number: ICA-5-10498 Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 2 Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts Abstract Much of our population views intercultural relationships as negative however many practical reasons exist for building and sustaining intercultural relations.
Effectively. Thousand Oaks California: Sage Publications. Ting-Toomey S. (1991). Intimacy expressions in three cultures: France Japan and the United States. International Journal of Intercultural Relations 15 29-46. Wheeler L. & Kim Y. What is beautiful is culturally good: The physical attractiveness stereotype has different content in collectivistic cultures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 23 795-800. Zebroski S. A. (2000). Who is marrying interracially?: A Discussion of the gender/race patterns in Black/White marriages. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association.


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