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What if my parents disapprove of my interracial relationship?
Prepare yourself for reactions that are unexpected or even upsetting, and accept that it may take some time for your family to come around. She says perceived discouragement of interracial dating can, "contribute to more negative messages about being friends with people of different racial or ethnic backgrounds," adding, "then that sets in a whole set of expectations that could be lifelong. With the inevitability of family affecting student outlooks on interracial dating, there are nonetheless a number of interracial couples among the student body. We didn't know if she had really thought about some of the cultural differences that there may be and so we talked about it in that respect Of course, there are times when strangers on the street are openly hostile. But make sure that you actually address it. Junior Elina Niyazov commented that her parents' disapproval of certain races "is something so obvious that they don't need to say it.