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post #141 of 168
I'm Spaniard, DH was Irish and SO is Irish to.
post #142 of 168
I don't know whether we are really multicultural, but we're definitely multilingual.

I'm a Finnish-speaking Finn, DH is a Swedish-speaking Finn and we live in Holland. No kids yet. If we're lucky enough to have children, we plan to use both of our native languages with them.

Now we speak mostly Finnish at home and with my family, Dutch at the Uni/work, English with most friends here and Swedish with DH's family.
post #143 of 168
Hi, I'm Mel. My family is not multicultural but we are starting to think about adoption so we may end up that way. I will be lurking and learning from ya'll. Hope that's ok.

DH and I are both culturally midwest-American, racially Caucasian, and ethnically mutts - his ancestry is mostly northern European, and mine is from almost everywhere in Europe except Ireland. We have one DS.

I once dated a very dark trilingual Marshallese guy, so I have some experience with multicultural issues (unfortunately, in most cases ), but not really as it relates to children and parenting.

Neat and interesting to read about you all!
post #144 of 168
Hi, I'm Erika. I'm American, with mostly Italian ancestry, and my SO is German. My 3 girls are from my previous marriage (their father is American w/ German ancestry, actually), and the new baby is going to have dual citizenship and, I hope, be bilingual, although I fear my SO will be as lazy about speaking German to the kiddo as he has been about helping me practice it.... He's still living in Germany, and though we've visited each other every few months since starting our relationship, right now paying for a homebirth = not seeing each other until December. We hope he'll be able to get his visa by March.
post #145 of 168
Since I'm running my mouth a bit in the forums, I'd better introduce myself!

We're an interracial/bi-cultural, bilingual household -- I'm African-American and DH is French; we live in the US, big city on the east coast. We have one DC, a daughter, who's 18 mos old and the light of our lives. I became a mother later in life than some, and now that I have her, I can only think, "what the heck was I waiting for?!?!? this is great stuff!!!" Hoping to have at least one more DC, and to successfully navigate the challenges of raising a family in an increasingly crazy world.

That's 'bout it!
post #146 of 168
Welcome!
post #147 of 168
Hello! I'm American with a mostly German and Scandinavian background. DH is Mexican with some German and Spanish thrown in there. He moved to the States about 10 years ago with his family. We have one DS who looks exactly like me (reddish blond hair, green eyes, very pale skin) and nothing like my DH. I joke our next baby will be a spitting image of him.

Right now our biggest challenge is trying to incorporate DH's culture into our daily lives so DS can grow up to know and appreciate it. We speak some Spanish to DS but not as much as I would like. It's hard as we live 2000 miles away from DH's family so we don't have extended family nearby to help us teach him.
post #148 of 168
Hello!

I'm biracial and I come from a mostly Chinese background. My grandfather is American but we don't know who he is.

DH is American with Polish, German and Irish background. We're expecting our first this October and I'm going try very hard to teach our child Mandarin (I speak it fluently). I wonder how hard it's going to be for me to use Mandarin at home when I only speak English at home with DH. Though I'm lucky that he's willing to learn, he even knows how to cook some Chinese using a wok and we definitely plan on incorporating Chinese culture into our daily lives.
post #149 of 168
I don't think I've posted in this thread before... I could be wrong!

My heritage is Irish/English/German; Dh is Puerto Rican. Both born in America, although he spent several years of his childhood in PR. We don't have a blingual home - although Dh is fluent in Spanish, it's not his first language and not the one he's most comfortable with. I'm trying! But my Spanish is very limited.

We're looking into fostering/adoption, so our home may become more multicultural/multiethnic/multiracial still, in the next couple years! :
post #150 of 168
Whoa! I just noticed this forum existed. How cool. We are a multicultural family. I am white (Irish/Italian) and DH is Puerto Rican. We have two little girls. We are not bilingual. Dh understands Spanish but doesn't like to speak it (which is unfortunate for our daughters in my opinion).

It's interesting having biracial children. DD1 is a little brown child with straight dark hair and big dark eyes and dd2 is our little Irish baby. She is tan in the summer but is pretty pale. She has red/blond curly hair and light brown eyes. I think people think they aren't related!
post #151 of 168
Hello from a proud black lady in the UK.

3 children - hard work.

Am just finding my feet on this forum x
post #152 of 168
Hello everyone! I have been on MDC for a while, but never knew this forum existed! How cool!

I am a white American married to a white Irishman! We've been married and living in Florida for almost three years now. I met him while taking spring break in Ireland while studying abroad in Scotland! Lived with him in Ireland for about a year, and then moved back to the states to start working on immigration paperwork. He joined me three months later, we got married, and have been here ever since!

We will be TTC our very first little one next month! It's very exciting! :

I am worried, though, that our childrens' heritage will be pushed aside or looked over since we are both white and both speak english as our native language (DH is from Northern Ireland, and when he was growing up, it was illegal to speak Irish in the North). Originally, we were going to move back to Ireland and raise our children there, but we realized we simply couldn't afford it. Not now anyway. So the plan is to stay in the states.

I do plan on teaching my children Irish, but it's going to be difficult since I don't yet speak it myself! My husband also wants them to learn Irish, but doesn't seem as dedicated as I am. We will also be celebrating traditional Irish holidays (fireworks on Halloween, yay!!), and, of course, eating tradition Irish foods (which we do now). :

Wonderful to meet you all!
post #153 of 168
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Originally Posted by maiaminna View Post
Hi, I'm Erika. I'm American, with mostly Italian ancestry, and my SO is German. My 3 girls are from my previous marriage (their father is American w/ German ancestry, actually), and the new baby is going to have dual citizenship and, I hope, be bilingual, although I fear my SO will be as lazy about speaking German to the kiddo as he has been about helping me practice it.... He's still living in Germany, and though we've visited each other every few months since starting our relationship, right now paying for a homebirth = not seeing each other until December. We hope he'll be able to get his visa by March.
I lived with my husband in Germany for 3 years and he rarely would seriously speak it to me. He came to the US last year and he speaks German with me all the time. Maybe the same thing will happen with you.

The visa journey sucks. What type of visa are you going for?
post #154 of 168
I agree, the visa situation DOES suck. Right now, we're working on getting the conditions lifted off my husband's greencard, and it's like $600. But, at least we're together right now. I feel terrible for all those who cannot be with their partners. DH and I were away from each other for five months before he moved here permanently, and it was the hardest five months of my life.

For those of you going through this, definitely check out VisaJourney if you have not already.

Love and hugs.
post #155 of 168
Hi all! Why haven't I popped in here?

I'm standard american white (mix of German, Hungarian, Czech and French) and Mr Toona is African American (not sure all heritage, but he's got some French in there). DSD-17 is white/AA mix, her son is 1/4 AA, 3/4 white; DSD-16 is AA/white, DSS-8 and DSD-6 are Mexican/AA (DP likes to call them Blaxican) and DD is white/AA.

We usually try to speak some Spanish to each other, but by no means is it our main means of communication. DP grew up in Los Angeles and learned it there, most people ask him if he's Cuban, though, when he speaks Spanish because of his accent. I learned Spanish at school and then practicing with my college roommie who's major it was, I sound mostly gringa and am not fluent, but I can hold my own, but better than some. DSS is really getting more fluent in Spanish, though he doesn't speak it much with us, I can hear it in his pronuncian of English words. DSD-6's first words were "mas agua" (more water - we lived in Vegas at the time, bet you can figure why those were her first words).

I'm here for many reasons, (not the least of which is hair-management. of which I know SO little, my hair is fine and stick straight). I"m glad to see this wonderful forum.
post #156 of 168
We have a multicultural forum?!?! I had heard rumors of such a thing, but I did not know it was a reality. How did I miss that? Sheesh, I really need to go back and read all the posts I miss. In any case, I will cut myself some slack, as it appears that this forum actually opened while I was in the hospital.

I'm Rynna, and I'm mixed like a bucket o'paint. : I have four children who are all light-skinned; All of them look white except for BooBah, who (in just the right light) looks like a black child with extremely light skin, blue eyes, and straight, fine hair. Bean's working a nice tan these days, and is almost dark enough right now to pass for Sicilian. Almost. I'm going to hop around in this forum a bit, now that I know it exists.
post #157 of 168
We're multicultural too and I hadn't seen this forum before. DH is Swedish and I'm American. We lived in the US for the first 9 years of our marriage but now live in Sweden with the idea that it will be permanent. I'm having some mild trouble adjusting but I'm pretty sure I'll get through it. I'm working on learning the language right now and that's probably my biggest barrier since I feel incredibly awkward when I try to speak Swedish and also I feel embarrassed when I have to make people speak awkward English to me because I can't understand them (I'm in a region where the majority of people do not speak English fluently as they do in some other regions of Sweden). The kids are doing much better. DS is attending preschool and picking up pretty quickly, and DD is set to start soon too and I hope it'll come along quickly for her also.
post #158 of 168
I'm so jazzed! We got our kids into a better school this year and they get to take Japanese as an elective! Our other school didn't have languages.
post #159 of 168
I'm White American (German and English/Scottish), married to a first generation Korean husband who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12, with his family.

We've got 2 little ones, a boy and a girl.

WONDERFUL to see this forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :
post #160 of 168
I am a white American married to a German living in Germany raising bilingual children with dual citizenships!

psssssst Hi Teeny und Rynna !!
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