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How To Date A Partner From A Different Culture

By Jayde Johanssen

Dating is an interesting process. You are basically opening your life to someone you don’t really know to begin a relationship with. Once you start developing a relationship with them, you open yourself to them, in a way that their opinions and values have an impact on the decisions and directions your life take.

This is a good thing when the person you date and then develop a relationship with, helps you make decisions in life that make you a better person in your own eyes. It is a bad thing though when the person you are forming a relationship with, tries to make you a better person in their eyes, with little or no regard to what you want out of life.

Culture and religious views can be very influential in this regard. If you date a partner who has strong cultural or religious views, it is going to impact their life views and therefore, their opinions of you and the advice they give you. The impact is usually strong as the rules of religion and culture are typically quite rigid with little room for compromise.

Removing the space for compromise is always counter-productive in the development of a relationship. Compromise and understanding will always be two of the top requirements in the development of any successful relationship.

But having said that, I am not saying religious or cultural beliefs in you or a potential partner are bad, or good. In fact I am not even saying they will inhibit or help the development of your relationship. Rather, I am saying, depending on the people involved, they can do either.

Asian culture for example is very different to western culture. If Asian culture is important to you, one of the easiest ways to ensure you continue to live under its constructs is to surround yourself with like minded people. Dating is a part of this, dating people committed to Asian culture is important.

If on the other hand your are dating someone who is steeped in Asian traditions, yet you are a westerner and do not understand eastern culture, you may find it difficult to understand the opinions and viewpoints of your partner. This can cause conflict and misunderstanding in a fledgling relationship. It will certainly require greater compromise and understanding between the two of you.

Religion works in a similar manner. For example, if you are Christian or Jewish and living within the faith is important to you, your life will be much less complex if your partner is Jewish or Christian also. The shared views on morality and life will help you grow together and make good decisions when faced with issues of conscience.

Matters of the heart rarely work out exactly as we expect though, so often inter-religion relationships occur. To be successful, tremendous understanding is required from both parties in the relationship. Discord often arises when the non-religious partner acts in a manner that, while socially acceptable, may not be within the strictures of the religious partner’s religion. When this happens, for the relationship to be successful, compromise is required from both sides.

With inter-cultural dating there is no perfect way to navigate the potential challenges that will come up from time to time. With inter-religion dating there is no perfect way to navigate the potential challenges that will come up from time to time. Lets be honest, with dating generally there is no perfect way to navigate the potential challenges that will come up from time to time. This article was never about saying what is right or wrong, it was only ever written to raise some points to think about. So if you find yourself dating someone from a different culture or religion, spend some time learning about where they came from. It will promote understanding, compromise and harmony in your relationship.

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Johanssen, Jayde "How To Date A Partner From A Different Culture." How To Date A Partner From A Different Culture. 5 Oct. 2009. 27 Jul 2014 <>.

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