How to Use Your Differences to Create A Happy Cross-Cultural Relationship

Publication Date

April 2019

Document Type


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Families in Global Transition (FIGT), NIST International School

Conference Location

Bangkok, Thailand


This is an exploration of the delights and difficulties of cross-cultural relationships. One spouse from South Korea, the other from the Netherlands, living together in the United States will share their challenges and growth. At the heart are creative ways to deal with conflict -- not just ways to resolve it, but also learn about oneself and the partner. Based on scientific research as well as their personal experience, the presenters have developed five communication skills and strategies that improve cross-cultural understanding, empathy, and intimacy for cross-cultural couples.

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