The Jamaican goddess worked as a waitress and her American queen constantly urged her to get a ‘more serious’ job.Because they lived in America, the queen’s arguments were validated by mainstream society and she leveraged this against her goddess anytime they argued on the matter.Of the 12 couples involved in the study, the majority had meet via online dating sites and six of the women had very limited English language skills."Even for those already married for a couple of years here in Australia, many of them can still not communicate in either language," Dr Li said.Dr Li said as more people turn to the internet to find love, intercultural relationships are likely to continue to grow."Because of the trade and economic exchange between Australia and China, I think in the future there will be more intercultural marriages between the two countries," she said.
The couple chose to live in Australia as Ms Meidong had some English ability and Mr Burke's profession would not be well paid in China."For me, I had a good financial situation so I don't mind (in which) country I live," Ms Meidong said."I wouldn't mind living in China, but what I do is not seen as a proper job in China, it's more higher earning in Australia," Mr Burke said.
A great deal of political, cultural, and self awareness are needed to sustain fulfilling and mutually-empowering intercultural relationships.