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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships: Public Perceptions and Practical Benefits of Friendships and Romantic Relationships in Intercultural Contexts
Unformatted Document Text:  Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 14 come from the uniting of different cultures, races, and perspectives. Second, a weathering of racist opposition occurs. Here, partners are able to overcome racism from doubting family members and build stronger relationships. The third blessing of interracial partnerships is healing. Individual hurts and pains from racism are restored to health. Additionally, the couple may practice forgiveness in a society ridden with racism. An intercultural romantic relationship, just as any relationship, is bound to pose challenges to the couple. It must be taken into consideration that all romantic relationships will require some degree of compromising from both partners. Flexibility and negotiation are key elements that help sustain long term relationships. In the end however, intercultural romantic relationships allow for certain possibilities of personal and relational growth that most other human relationships do not offer. Greater feelings of connectedness with others, positive intercultural communication skills, learning new languages, ideas, perceptions, and skills are just some of the benefits of intercultural romantic relationships. Looking Towards the Future of Intercultural Friendships and Romantic Relationships: Discussion and Suggestions Intercultural relationships can be accepted across contexts if opportunities are presented. It has been found that multicultural materials and cooperative teaching strategies can help school children develop more positive attitudes and interracial friendships (Banks, 1999). Multicultural education has been found to unify a nation deeply divided along racial, ethnic, and class lines. In 1991, three first grade teachers from Seattle, Washington created an interdisciplinary Soviet-American curriculum

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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 14
come from the uniting of different cultures, races, and perspectives. Second, a weathering
of racist opposition occurs. Here, partners are able to overcome racism from doubting
family members and build stronger relationships. The third blessing of interracial
partnerships is healing. Individual hurts and pains from racism are restored to health.
Additionally, the couple may practice forgiveness in a society ridden with racism.
An intercultural romantic relationship, just as any relationship, is bound to pose
challenges to the couple. It must be taken into consideration that all romantic
relationships will require some degree of compromising from both partners. Flexibility
and negotiation are key elements that help sustain long term relationships. In the end
however, intercultural romantic relationships allow for certain possibilities of personal
and relational growth that most other human relationships do not offer. Greater feelings
of connectedness with others, positive intercultural communication skills, learning new
languages, ideas, perceptions, and skills are just some of the benefits of intercultural
romantic relationships.
Looking Towards the Future of Intercultural Friendships and Romantic Relationships:
Discussion and Suggestions
Intercultural relationships can be accepted across contexts if opportunities
are presented. It has been found that multicultural materials and cooperative teaching
strategies can help school children develop more positive attitudes and interracial
friendships (Banks, 1999). Multicultural education has been found to unify a nation
deeply divided along racial, ethnic, and class lines. In 1991, three first grade teachers
from Seattle, Washington created an interdisciplinary Soviet-American curriculum


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