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post #61 of 168
Originally Posted by sphinxie View Post
Paddington, love your senior title
: Thanks.
post #62 of 168

I'm American, DH is Lebanese, we lived in France until two weeks ago when we moved to the US.

DS speaks French, English and Arabic, and we're trying to figure out how we'll maintain all three languages in the States.

So glad that this forum exists!!!!
post #63 of 168
I'm Puerto Rican and my DH is Filipino.

Whether DS will be multilingual is definitely a concern. I need more help and will be looking into the OPOL method mentioned.

I am happy the tribe became a forum!
post #64 of 168
Yay! I'm American-born, of Swedish and Irish/Scottish heritage (with the requisite bit of Native thrown in through violence), and my partner is American-born half Puerto Rican/half Polish. I carried our child, conceived with PR donor sperm, so that we would get as close as possible to an accurate "mix" (surprisingly small number of PR donors - we figure it's cuz they're all good Catholic boys!)

Anyway, to look at us all we're pretty bland/white, but after learning some about whiteness/privilege/multicuralism, I want to work hard to not let our family be "whitewashed" out of our heritage. I was VERY proud of my Swedish and my Gaelic backgrounds growing up, and DP identifies strongly with PR politics and such (not so much the Polish, except for the food, but whatever), so we are going to make sure that our son gets to experience at least some of that heritage as he grows up. Also, we'll be visiting family in PR eventually (once we're sure they'll actually let us - a queer family - in the door!)

Glad to have this forum, and looking forward to the conversations here - heated or not!
post #65 of 168

I am such a dork! I've been hollering and badgering the mods for a MC forum and I didn't even know it appeared


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post #66 of 168
I'm biracial (half black, half white) and dh is full black. I'm learning German and speak it as much as I can to our kids, dh speaks to them in mainly English but sometimes throws in some German he's picked up from me. We also have some exposure to other languages and I'd like to get the kids stronger in Spanish but right now we're focusing on being completely bilingual in both German and English. English is definitely their stronger language, we live in the US and I'm the only one who speaks to them in German. Plus, we homeschool and that is in English so they get a lot more English. I'm ordering more German books, dvds, and audio so that I can integrate more German into our homeschooling so hopefully that'll even out the languages a bit.
post #67 of 168
Originally Posted by aprilushka View Post
I'm a white American with no Europea ethnic identity married to a Russian. I speak Russian and Russian is the language of our home.
How did you manage to learn Russian? It is such a difficult language!!!
post #68 of 168
Wow, I can't believe that this folder finally exists!

Anyway, I'm mags, my DH and I are a pan-asian family. I am taiwanese american, born and raised in america. My DH is korean american, born in south korea, but his family came to the US when he was in elementary school. He is pretty much americanized, but he has the advantage of having the ability to speak korean, fluent enough to get by, while speaking perfect english as well. I on the other hand can understand some mandarin and taiwanese, but I can't really speak well at all, I have a horrible american accent!

It may surprise many of you that although my DH and I are both asian american, we have dealt with a good deal of cultural issues regarding our parents. In many ways, it's like dealing with three cultures, korean, taiwanese and american, we often feel like we are caught in the middle. We would like to expose our children to both korean and taiwanese culture, but my DH and I struggle with this, b/c both of us have had watered down exposure to our own cultural heritage while growing up, "american." We try out best, but we presently live in an area with very little diversity, basically we ARE the diversity! So, while we can expose the kids to cultural things with books and by talking about it, it is not easy for seek out cultural activities and other asian american kids for our kids to hang out with.
post #69 of 168
Cool, well I've finally wandered over.

Lets see... DP is an all-american "white mutt" as he puts it and well I cover just about everything else. My mother was born in PR and her mother is what is often referred to as a "black" Puerto Rican. My father's mother is Penn Dutch. My father's grandfather was born in Dunoon, Scotland and my father's grandmother was Cree (Métis)

I only speak English with a smattering of Spanish, German, Gaelic & Métis (mostly swears and food related).
post #70 of 168
Hi from the Aug 05 DDC, Mags!

I'm Kate, I'm American and English speaking married to a Swiss/French speaking man. We have one dd and I have one dd from a previous marriage. We practice OPOL with dd2 while dd1 learns French and dh and I speak English, but I am pushing to incorporate more French, since I've taken some classes as an adult and do know some words and phrases (and even how to conjugate some verbs!).

We live in a medium sized town, but it's a University town close to a big city, so there are plenty of French-language resources here. In fact, two of my neighbors (both SAHMs) are French-speaking, so dd2 has some exposure. Dd1 is starting middle-school next year and will begin (finally) taking French class. She's taken a few classes in early elementary (through the Alliance Francaise) and learns from my dh too.

I'm very anxious about my dd2 learning the language, at least, and my dh hanging in there with OPOL. It seems the longer he lives in the states, the more of a challenge it is for him to identify with his heritage. As he says sometimes, "I'm starting to think in English".
post #71 of 168
Oh This forum looks awesome!!!
I am white american (french,irish,norwegian,german,enlish) basically a mutt :P. DH is spanish and indian. We are TTC #1. We get constant stares when we are out in public for some reason. It really makes me sad that some people cannot accept interracial relationships.

Dh is fluent in Spanish, and I only speak a little. I can say basic things but am trying to become fluent. We also have very different religious views which is a whole other story but somehow everything works out

I really look forward to being apart of this forum!
post #72 of 168
Hi everyone! I was just redirected here from the Interracial Tribes thread.

I'm white and my DH is Indian (East Indian vis Tanzania). We live in one of the most multicultural neighbourhoods in a really multicultural city (Toronto, Ontario) and so the mix is not a very big deal to anyone. My sister is married to a man who is Chinese/Iranian - our extended family is already set up to be all kinds of colours.

We do have some challenges when it comes to culture, though - my DH's family are Muslim and aren't too pleased with some of the parenting choices we hope to make (we're expecting our first). We're atheists, the DH and I, and so we won't raise our children within the faith. Nor would I circumcise the child if its a boy. But these are splits every new parent needs to reconcile with the previous generation, so I don't feel it has anything to do with the "multiculturalness" of our family. We're just not the same people as our parents.

Nice to meet you all!

post #73 of 168
I'm a typical American of European descent. Dh family is multicultural Mexican and Israeli. Dh is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew as well as English and also moderately successful in German and Yiddish and knows some Arabic.

My Spanish isn't that good, I can read and understand a decent amount but I'm not much of a speaker even though my accent is pretty good. I used to be able to read Hebrew but I've lost most of that ability.

He tried doing OPOL with dd but just didn't keep it up and it was harder for him since I don't know the language well enough so he would end up having to translate anyway for me and then he just got lazy.
post #74 of 168

It's nice to run into you again! I have to admit that I got very overwhelmed with the 8/05 group and ended up just dropping out. I can't believe our babies are 2.5 yrs old already, can you??? Time really flew fast! BTW, congrats, I see on your sig you are expecting another little one! I hope that everything is going smoothly with your pregnancy!
post #75 of 168
I'm American born (but not "American" by culture--my family is waaaaaay out of the norm). My dh is Ethiopian, but he is somewhat outside of his own culture, having been born of a "mixed marriage" (two different tribes) and spent time all over his country with different tribal groups.

My dh is fluent in 5 languages, and I only know a few words in his national language. I had hoped that we could raise our children multilingual, but with his focus on improving his English here in the states, that's fallen by the wayside. When they start formal schooling, we will add Amharic lessons and I will learn along with them. Hopefully we will be back in his country while they are still children and able to pick up languages relatively easily.
post #76 of 168
Hi, I am American (English-German roots), and DH moved here from Croatia just over 10 years ago. We have two great kiddos and at home we (mostly) do OPOL, but we speak Croatian at the table to make up for the fact that the kiddos hear English all day at day care.

DH's family is still all in Croatia, so I would be interested in hearing from other families who are trying to foster grandparent relationships from afar (hooray for Skype!!).
post #77 of 168
[QUOTE=Bad Mama Jama;10513978]I understand the nursing thing. When my dd was tiny, a horrified woman asked me was that my child that I was nursing. My dd is pretty fair and I am more of a caramel color. I politely told the lady that no, she wasn't mine and I just came to the daycare to nurse random children. She laughed awkwardly and said something to the effect of, I didn't know she was Black. Gee, she didn't tell you?

LOL, once while I was at the park with my then toddler DS and 3 month old DD, I had to nurse my DD. Well, the nannys that sat next to me must have caught whiplash because they turned their heads so fast. You see, my DS is from my first marriage and very brown. While my DD is what my DH calls piss yellow(?). Besides the fast that I'm brown skin, the park that I frequented at that time was mainly visited by caretakers. I'm almost 100% sure that they thought I was nursing one of my charges, LOL.

As for my family, I'm African American. My husband is Albanian(parents from Kosovo), but he was born in Italy. We've been married for almost 8 years. Together we have 4 children ages 6,5,3 and 5 months. I have a 10 year old DS from a previous marriage.
post #78 of 168
I am interested to hear of other families with roots in India...

I am causasian-American, and DH is from southern India (Kerala). DH's entire family still lives in India, so that is hard on him. Dh will be applying for US citizenship this year. We have 2 little girls, who both have dark hair and dark eyes, but we've been surprised by how fair their skin color is, almost the same color as mine (German-Slovakian ancestry).

I wish DH would teach them either Hindi or Malayalam (his native language) as they grow up, but he's reluctant to do that. He says they should grow up learning Spanish, since so many people speak that here in the U.S.!
Anyone have ideas on how can I get him to change his mind?
post #79 of 168
Hi I'm white of German descent and my daughters' father is black.
post #80 of 168
I didn't even realize this form was finally created until I saw a post from it on the New Posts page.

We live in an area with a lot of interractial couples. It's actually more common to see people of mixed ancestry here than anywhere else in the country. However, DH and I are not interracial. We're multiethnic or interethnic. I'm Asian. He's a mix of Asian and White. We were both raised in the US. Our daughter is a lovely mix of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, and more. She has about 7 different ethnic backgrounds she could trace her ancestry to. We think she's the greatest thing on earth.
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