Post # 1
I’m half West African (first generation) Half corn-fed Nebraskan. (My buddies call me Halfrican 🙂 )
I’m one of those mixes that is pretty even. I have a gorgeous fro and am blessed with a more “African” body type though. I grew up mostly with the West African parent.
All that being said, my SO is a quarter Hispanic but he looks and identifies as, in his words, “white as hell”
Some say that we’re an interracial couple but I’m kind of confused on what is the deciding factor for that. I’m interested in what you think.
If it helps, I personally find it hard to identify with either side of my heritage because of the way I look. Not quite enough for either.
Post # 2
Mattyfeets: Girl, you and I sound like we could be twins-my story is basically yours, except mine is by way of Jamaica and Indiana (very corn fed! Also called Halfrican!) I’m also very fair, have loose curly hair, green eyes, and traditionally “Carribean” body (basically a whole lot of thighs. Thanks, Dad.)
My SO is about as white as it gets…I definitely consider us to be an interracial couple. However, though my parents are still married, my mom (white)’s family is the one I predominately grew up around, and I feel like that sort of shaped my world views. SO and I grew up in a moderatly small city in Indiana and have very similar perspectives, though mine are of course informed by being biracial.
For that reason, I don’t consider us to be intercultural. I think it really just depends on what you and your SO consider yourselves. The world certainly has no end of labels to throw-I think the decision is up to each couple.
Post # 3
Interracial/intercultural is defined by the couple and whatever community they reside. Interracial, as the name implies, is to do with race and race alone while intercultural entails ethnicity (race and culture). In the US, so much emphasis is placed on physical characteristics of race therefore even if you both were from the same West African group (thus have the same culture), you’d still be viewed as Intercultural and Interracial here. My Fiance is Chinese-Filipino and I’m Caribbean and both I and society considers us interracial. We come from different cultures, and although both our cultures share the same beliefs like respecting elders, family over self, etc., there are still a few things that are different and we hope to blend when/if we have a family. But if both people are from the same country with no particular ethnic identity or cultural practices outside of the country you reside, I can understand how it would be wierd to consider yourselves intercultural.