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Interracial And Intercultural Marriage: African American Man And Fiji Indian Woman


Meet Derrick and Shabina, who is the founder of @browngirlriseup.  Derrick is African American, and he was born in Mississippi, USA.   Shabina is a Fiji Indian, and she was born in Melbourne, Australia.   They usually reside in Melbourne, Australia, but currently, they live in Koh Samui, Thailand.

How They Met

Derrick and Shabina met in Las Vegas, NV, while Shabina was vacationing around the USA.

How Long Have They Been Together

They have been together for seven years and married for one year (they had one small ceremony last year, the rest have been postponed).

How Was Meeting Derrick’s Parents For The First Time

For Shabina, meeting Derrick’s family for the first time was great; they welcomed and embraced their relationship.  It was her first time ever going to the South, so it was a whole different vibe altogether for her.

How Was Meeting Shabina’s Parents For The First Time

Meeting Shabina’s parents was different. It took some time for her parents to accept the situation, but it inevitably happened.

Have They Built A Relationship With Each Other’s Parents

Yes! Derrick and Shabina stay in contact with both in-laws. They regularly hang out with Shabina’s parents, and they keep in touch with Derrick’s parents via the phone since they are overseas.

What Obstacles Have They Encountered As A Couple And How Have They Overcome Them

Living in different countries and then moving abroad was a challenge for them.  Since they met in Las Vegas, NV while Shabina was on vacation in the USA, it was surreal for both of them to even think about having a long-distance relationship with someone so far away.  However, they pushed through, and their relationship unfolded organically.

Together, Derrick and Shabina overcame the obstacles of distance by building a strong foundation and keeping the lines of communication open and honest. They also agreed that for their relationship to flourish and thrive, they need to live in the same country and to be in each other’s presence.  Furthermore, they wrote letters to each other (in an old-school type of love manner), and they still have them. Sometimes Shabina reads them out loud to Derrick, and they both laugh at the things they wrote back then.

The  Wedding Tips They Wish They Knew Beforehand

  • Always follow your intuition.
  • A wedding day is a wedding day.
  • A marriage is a lifetime commitment you have with your partner.
  • Save all the fancy hype for yourselves and invest in each other instead!

Their Top Tips To An Interracial and Intercultural Relationship

  • Learn about each other’s cultures and be open-minded.
  • Have the difficult conversations about topics that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Enjoy the ride, it’s definitely all worth it!
  • Love is the key, no matter what you go through.
  • Keep having fun.
  • Life is too short to be put in a box.

What They Love About Being In An Interracial and Intercultural Marriage

Being in an interracial and intercultural marriage is an entirely different experience, it is exciting! They get to learn about and celebrate each other’s cultures: from the variations in food to knowledge and wisdom, and the life stories. Plus, although they were both raised in Western countries, their roots belong in the East, and they have opportunities to experience both.

What They Are Still Learning As An Interracial And Intercultural Couple

  • It is okay for others not to understand them.
  • They are both learning something new about each other every day.
  • They have the power to break generational cycles, and they are constantly working on themselves for the next generation they create.

What Else They Want To Share To Help Others Reading This

  • Always be yourself and be brave!
  • You might feel alone and question yourself, stay real with yourself at all times, and with each other.
  • Follow your heart.
  • Remain confident with your decisions.
  • Step outside of your comfort zones.
  • Connect with others that have had similar experiences for support.
  • Fearing the unknown is no excuse to stop living life. We get this one chance, make it your best!

What did you think about Derrick and Shabina’s love journey?  Find Derrick on (@djtrailblaza) on Instagram and Shabina(@wellbeana) on Instagram.

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