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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 17 of European American female children and reinforce the social behavior of African American female children (Damico & Scott, 1985). Additionally, teachers usually do not teach bi-racial friendship approaches or strategies. It is suggested that teachers (1) be more aware of their behavior and (2) learn more about the behavioral and cultural variations among children (Damico & Scott, 1985). Reports on the future outlook of intercultural relations are very important as well. Recent research results suggest that the increasingly Asian American and Latino American schools of the future will have a reduction in the level of racial segregation of friendship networks relative to current schools (Quillian & Campbell, 2001). With regards to the future outlook of intercultural marriages, the rates will likely increase. The numbers of African American and European American marriages have increased since the 1970s (Zebroski, 2000). Additionally, female African American intermarriage is on the rise. Zebroski suspects that the changes in the number of interracial marriages reflect structural conditions of the African American population. Acceptance of interracial marriages is growing, however, discrimination regarding interracial marriages still persists (Root, 2002). As individuals and as a nation and society, we must look at our own patterns, biases, prejudices, and stereotypes regarding intercultural relationships. We must ask ourselves, “How can I begin, sustain, and positively interact with people from other cultures? How can I help others interact in constructive ways?” Research on intercultural relationships must begin focusing on the diverse cultures that this country and world has to offer, instead of dominantly focusing on heterosexual African American and European

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Building and Sustaining Intercultural Relationships 17
of European American female children and reinforce the social behavior of African
American female children (Damico & Scott, 1985). Additionally, teachers usually do not
teach bi-racial friendship approaches or strategies. It is suggested that teachers (1) be
more aware of their behavior and (2) learn more about the behavioral and cultural
variations among children (Damico & Scott, 1985).
Reports on the future outlook of intercultural relations are very important as well.
Recent research results suggest that the increasingly Asian American and Latino
American schools of the future will have a reduction in the level of racial segregation of
friendship networks relative to current schools (Quillian & Campbell, 2001). With
regards to the future outlook of intercultural marriages, the rates will likely increase. The
numbers of African American and European American marriages have increased since
the 1970s (Zebroski, 2000). Additionally, female African American intermarriage is on
the rise. Zebroski suspects that the changes in the number of interracial marriages reflect
structural conditions of the African American population. Acceptance of interracial
marriages is growing, however, discrimination regarding interracial marriages still
persists (Root, 2002).
As individuals and as a nation and society, we must look at our own patterns,
biases, prejudices, and stereotypes regarding intercultural relationships. We must ask
ourselves, “How can I begin, sustain, and positively interact with people from other
cultures? How can I help others interact in constructive ways?” Research on intercultural
relationships must begin focusing on the diverse cultures that this country and world has
to offer, instead of dominantly focusing on heterosexual African American and European


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