Luckily, my husband and I haven't had to face many issues from the outside world.We're so "old" according to our cultures, that our families were just thankful someone of the human race agreed to marry either of us, and we currently live in a diverse section of New York City where no one bats an eye at interracial couples.Prepare yourself for reactions that are unexpected or even upsetting, and accept that it may take some time for your family to come around. You’ll be sharing foods that may be new to your partner, translating your language for them during family gatherings and perhaps even teaching them some Racial Politics 101.
Whether you can find someone in your friend group, through social networking or even just watching relevant You Tube videos, hearing from people who have been where you are can serve as emotional support.
When you’re in an interracial relationship, friends who you can just express yourself to without having to explain yourself can be a welcome break.
“One time I was on a show and a producer described me as ‘fiery, because you’re Latina.’ I came home and told my husband about it and he laughed and I was like no, that’s actually really offensive." "There’s a certain lightness I feel when I talk to my Latina friends — you’re all coming from a similar frame of reference.
“Interracial relationships don’t work.” I’ve heard that from various people all my life.
Now, at 35, I’m a Minnesota-raised Indian-American recently married to a white American from South Louisiana.Could he really support me when I (or our children) faced racism? I could have thrown our entire relationship away based on my fear, but luckily, I turned to a friend who had been in an interracial relationship for 10 years.