Today, academic and work settings thrust us into contact with people whose assumptions, behaviors, appearance and language differ from our own. Learning and working together can forge important bonds that eventually touch our family and friends. Love is culturally disconcerting as new partners and/or children with different roots join our intimate circle.
That was my own case when I, a protestant from New England, fell in love with a Jewish man born in Argentina. Learning to sway between continents and cultures continues, despite the decades that have passed since our first kiss.
While this is not exclusively a woman’s issue, it touches more and more women, given the choices offered by modern society. There is room for a conversation about the emotional challenges that arise when we discover the diversity embedded in our own personalities or as we strive to strengthen the bonds within our 'no-longer-closed' circle of loved ones.
Through this conversation, we can help guide each other to safe harbors on our journeys of growth and self-discovery. By pooling our experience, perhaps we can enhance understanding within our private worlds.
Let's begin with a question: If you perceive or experience a growing need to navigate diverse cultural currents in your personal life, what challenges would you like to discuss around this table?
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Bethe Lee Moulton
Author of Until Brazil
Blog Hostess at The Cultures Within Cafe