A Perfect Match
Interracial/Intercultural Marriage: African-American Woman And Indian Man
Hi, my name is Keisha ,and I’m an African-American woman. My husband’s name is Cyriac, and he is Indian.
How We Met
How Long You Have Been Together?
We have been together for 14 1/2 yrs!
How Was Meeting His Parents For The First Time?
Keisha says, Cyriac was more excited for me to meet his parents than I was. Candidly, I still wasn’t sure if I was that serious about him yet. His parents were sitting in his apartment watching, Spike Lee’s, Malcolm X when I entered the room! I was cynical, and thought it was staged, LOL! His mom hugged me, and so did his dad soon after. They gave the best first impression!
How Was Meeting Her Parents For The First Time?
Keisha states, Cyriac met my mom by accident-as he was dropping me off from hanging out. It was uncomfortable because it wasn’t planned, and we were still getting to know each other. My mom and her impromptu pop-up broke the ice at least. She liked him and didn’t have an issue with his ethnicity. Both our families know our ancestral kinship is deeper despite the barriers.
Our Top Tips To An Interracial/Intercultural Marriage:
Keisha shares the following top tips to an interracial/intercultural marriage:
What Do You Love About Being In An Interracial/Intercultural Marriage
What Are You Still Learning From Being In An Interracial/Intercultural Marriage?
Any Parenting Tips You Have For Raising Multicultural Kids
Keisha and Cyriac have two beautiful children. These are their must-know tips for raising multicultural kids.
- Be equal in teaching your child about their ancestry. If they learn a language derived from India, learn one from the African diaspora.
- Mesh both cultures and religions, so they have a well-balanced view of who they are.
- Never speak from your negative experiences and project that on your children. If you didn’t have the best outcome with dating or marrying your racial counterpart, don’t project that perception onto your children. That doesn’t help bring us together as humans wanting to be accepted. Speak love, be love and give love.
- Lastly, how you love yourself, in the skin you’re in, will be the way they will love themselves. Have images around the house that celebrate them. Toys, books, and movies should always reflect their beauty. As a person that has been working with youth for over 20 years, believe me: images have power!
Anything Else You Would Like To Add To Help Others?
Do your research when you don’t know the answer. Ignorance is not always bliss! Our children look to us to teach them things our schools won’t and don’t.
Thank you, Keisha and Cyriac for sharing your beautiful and funny love story with us! It is not every day that you hear of both sets of parents being so loving and open-minded to a new culture. And we love your tips for raising multicultural kids! What did you think of Keisha and Cyriac’s love story? Have a question for us? Write us at [email protected]! Find us on Twitter @growingupgupta and on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook @growingupguptas.
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Hi! There’s a group out on facebook called “*partners of Indians* *masala Sisterood*
It’s for women, like us, who are in interracial marriages with indian/ desi spouses. We trade recipes and etc. Lots of other bloggers are also listed on there. Come out out if you’re interested and I’ll add you in there 🙂
[…] As a Black woman, I never imagined I would end up marrying a South Asian man. Seriously, never. Being able to relate to a man of a different racial/ethnic background the same way I have with men of African descent was something I just never fathomed. Sure enough, my mouth was “shut wide open” when I met my now-husband JC. […]
I love your story. Today is my daughter and son in laws 1 year anniversary….I just love my son in law and love the uniqueness of their love story. Its so important when you say you have a silent nod to other women of color that they can have love to and its ok to date outside of your race or culture. love that!! PS. my daughter’s story is on this site some where. they are from Denver
Thank you for reading! You have a fantastic daughter and son-in-law. Happy to share their love journey!
Thanks for your response!! We communicate all the time to each other, so thank you!!
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