Have you ever dated someone from a different cultural or religious background? Or, are there still barriers that must be considered? Things got heated on this blog when we discussed multicultural relationships - I think a lot of people seemed to think that anyone who wouldn't considered cross-cultural relationships "narrowminded".
Melina Marchetta's groundbreaking novel Looking for Alibrandi explores the Australian-Italian culture divide; Hollywood film My Big Fat Greek Wedding makes light of the stereotypical orthodox Greek wedding, and Oscar-winning film Monster's Ball explores the poignant side of inter-race relationships.
Despite the diverse themes, the messages are similar: when two people from two different backgrounds and cultures find each other with the belief that love can conquer all obstacles, it often does.
"When you like someone enough, those things don't matter," concurs John Isanhow, a 28-year-old manager.
"I've been dating an Indian girl for six months now, and she is the most amazing person I have ever met.
Does that mean you are narrow-minded if you'd automatically rule out certain people because of certain cultural preferences? well anything that defines you, how you live, how you think, you grew up, blah blah. Are heterosexuals narrowminded if they wouldn't date a homosexual?
I don't think so, it's dumb to say that, it's just because this defines a "foundation stone of their relationship" - no matter how well they think of the person, how much they care for them.
It's a topic that has touched the hearts and minds of many bloggers. "But more and more cultures are assimilating as parents loosen up about their expectations that their children only couple with same-culture partners." It seems multicultural dating is on the increase in whopping proportions.
Questions are continually posed to one another: do factors like religion, race and ethnicity really matter in a relationship? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of mixed marriages has grown from 39% in 1974 to 52% in 1998.
You fall in love with the person the woman is and you never look back - or sideways! Ok so she wanted security etc - however, the reason I am with her is that she had a glow inside, sounds stupid, but she glowed.
I don't care what her cultural background is as long as every time I see her I get excited, my heart skips a beat and there is no other person I would prefer to spend the rest of my life with. I decided the first time that I met that I would marry her, also sounds stupid, but I did and it has worked out pretty well for the last 6 years.
She claimed the "love conquered all" stance, but is this strictly true?