A few year ago, China Daily reported that interracial marriages were on the increase across China, in 2006 there were 68,000 interracial couples that were married, 4,000 more than the year before.
Following the end of World War II, interracial relationships and marriages became quite natural between Asians and Americans, today schools and universities are quite integrated and interracial marriages have gained acceptance in all levels of society. Given these facts, why are there still discussions about cross cultural relationships? Does it frankly matter what anyone thinks?
Traditional Chinese culture emphasizes virtue and ethics in balancing our interpersonal relationships including our relationships with our neighbors. In ancient China, people believed that treating others compassionately is one of society’s basic principles and that those who do good deeds will receive good returns. Does appreciating the culture and the heritage of one another matter today or are relationships and marriages all about opportunity, economics, friendship, affection and love for one another and should one be fortunate enough, respect and love for one’s in-laws and extended families?
What makes a lasting relationship? Is there any such thing today or are friendships and relationships, intended to be temporary, merely based upon a chance encounter and good luck? Are people simply disposable in our mobile society or do others really matter?
When one creates barriers between cultures or resists the good will, kindness and friendship of one another, we cheat ourselves of the intercultural enlightenment that may one day make a lasting contribution to society but more importantly we deprive ourselves and our families of the love and commitment that another has to offer.