Just a good ol Mennonite boy trying to find his place in the world.
Presently, that has led me to Maputo, Mozambique where I work as a research associate for the Mennonite Economic Development Associates.
My project is on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and microfinance here in the country. View my complete profile Living in a foreign country undoubtedly hurls you into a different cultural realm where you often have to set aside all of your preconceived notions of conventional practice and jump head first into new experiences and understandings.
One of the many cultural differences that I have had to get used to here in has really introduced to me for the first time the complicated dynamics of inter-racial dating.
One night we were supposed to go to a big night club in with a bunch of friends but plans changed and we went to a house party instead.
She was 24 but had no real education and wasn’t doing anything other than going to driving school.Being with a women with no ambitions in life other than being a girlfriend, and who constantly asked for money for everything from drinks and clothes to taxi fares and cell phone credits, quickly lost its appeal.This is not to say that such relationships cannot work.I only have to look at my friend Brenden and his lovely girlfriend Fiona or my boss Pierre and his amazing wife Astheline to see that people of different cultures can indeed make some harmonious music when joined together.Now let me make myself perfectly clear, inter-racial dating, in and of itself, is not a problem.
Where the problem tends to lie, however, is in the dynamic between “rich white man” and “poor African woman.” Personally, my experience with dating Mozambican women has been more problematic than rewarding.