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Things to discuss before entering into a cross-cultural relationship: Religion (Part 1)

There are already many articles on this, and I read somewhere that all these can be boiled down to three: religion, family, money. I will write about each one in a separate post. Much has been said about these things, but I will try to contribute to the discussion with our own experiences. Other articles… Continue reading Things to discuss before entering into a cross-cultural relationship: Religion (Part 1)

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Secret Language: Navigating language differences in a cross-cultural partnership

We sometimes get asked what language we speak with each other, given that Scott and I are not from the same country. English is the answer. A follow-up question that we got asked once is what language we speak when we fight, implying that it’s hard to express yourself fully in any other language than… Continue reading Secret Language: Navigating language differences in a cross-cultural partnership

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Celebrating holidays in a cross-cultural household

Actually, this post is more like…NOT celebrating holidays in a cross-cultural household. I read somewhere that one of the good things about being from different cultures is that you can celebrate double the holidays. But in our case, if we’re not in the country, we end up celebrating neither. At this time last year, we… Continue reading Celebrating holidays in a cross-cultural household

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State of the Marriage: First Anniversary Edition

This is it! We made it! Anniversary time! High five to the dude! I’m writing this because I want to document my state of mind at this moment that we’re celebrating a milestone. So yes, I agree that celebrating a full year that passed is a milestone. But at the same time I feel that… Continue reading State of the Marriage: First Anniversary Edition

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Division of chores in our household

When we were in Nepal, Scott’s aunty remarked that I was lucky that my husband helps me out with the household chores because her husband doesn’t. They seemed to have this unspoken agreement that uncle would do his job to support the family’s financial needs but everything related to running the household would be aunty’s… Continue reading Division of chores in our household

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Forbidden love: A tale of cross-cultural partnership

This is not a surprise. If you’re a foreigner and your partner is Nepali, there’s a good chance that your prospective in-laws did not exactly jump for joy upon finding out about your existence. Scott and I have discussed this many times, trying to imagine worst-case scenarios, long before we told both of our parents… Continue reading Forbidden love: A tale of cross-cultural partnership

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Meeting my South Asian parents-in-law for the first time

In my previous blog post, I recounted the events leading up to Scott’s admission to his parents about our relationship. In this post, I will pick up where I left off and talk about the first time I met my future parents-in-law. While there are common themes in many cross-cultural relationships (opposition from family, strict… Continue reading Meeting my South Asian parents-in-law for the first time