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Old 02.12.2011, 14:18
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I used to work with a guy who was fuming about his daughter being in a mixed realtionship. I learnt some quite, um, "colourful" vocabulary.
I know a Swiss woman who's not too happy about her son dating a German girl! No colourful language though, she's not too pissed off but definitely not happy.
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Old 02.12.2011, 14:31
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Re: Mixed racial marriages

i cant help to compare US americans to the europeans on these matters. (presumably they come form same cultural roots) americans are much more mobile and dynamic in changing their culture. just think about how non-whites were treated 50 yrs ago and how much they improved, and compare it to the here
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Old 02.12.2011, 14:35
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I know a Swiss woman who's not too happy about her son dating a German girl!
My wife feels that way about her daughter (or mine) dating Italians, despite half of her family actually being Italian!

(then again, that's probably why! )

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Old 02.12.2011, 14:37
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It's all about hybrid vigour. There's enough evidence to suggest that mixed race people have certain genetic advantages over those who aren't.
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Old 02.12.2011, 14:39
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Mixed kids are so so beautiful!
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Old 02.12.2011, 14:40
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Mixed kids are so so beautiful!
Have to agree there. One of my nieces is simply drop-dead gorgeous.
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Old 02.12.2011, 14:42
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It's all about hybrid vigour. There's enough evidence to suggest that mixed race people have certain genetic advantages over those who aren't.
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Mixed kids are so so beautiful!
You're making me blush now!
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:02
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my backwoods Mississippi redneck relatives were more accepting of my mixed marriage (to an Arab to boot) than most people in Switzerland. (...) Or when we systematically got stopped in the street and asked for our Ausweis for flagrant "walking while brown." It doesn't matter if he is in Zurich or Geneva, he has learned NOT TO RUN FOR A TRAM because a brown person running, even in a 3k suit, is obviously a pickpocket and will be stopped.

Institutionalized racism is scary.
I think these are (imho) 3 different concepts: mixed (colour) relationships, both Swiss/European --> a complete non-issue.

If one party is non-EU many Swiss suspect that party does it for the passport/residence permit, but again, nothing to do with colour.

The other is the recent problem with North African asylum seekers, mostly from Algeria and Tunesia, big increase in mostly theft and drug dealing. Massive problem, authorities are trying to deal with it, not much to do with racism, institutionalised or not, but simply an issue that has to be dealt with.

But back on topic, mixed racial marriages for some reason really aren't an issue here, it's common even in conservative villages in the Innerschweiz.
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:04
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Have to agree there. One of my nieces is simply drop-dead gorgeous.
Yup Yup. My niece is half Chinese half Swiss German and she's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen !!!
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:06
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Yup Yup. My niece is half Chinese half Swiss German and she's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen !!!
Well I am biased but you should see my kids...
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I think these are (imho) 3 different concepts: mixed (colour) relationships, both Swiss/European --> a complete non-issue.

If one party is non-EU many Swiss suspect that party does it for the passport/residence permit, but again, nothing to do with colour.

The other is the recent problem with North African asylum seekers, mostly from Algeria and Tunesia, big increase in mostly theft and drug dealing. Massive problem, authorities are trying to deal with it, not much to do with racism, institutionalised or not, but simply an issue that has to be dealt with.

But back on topic, mixed racial marriages for some reason really aren't an issue here, it's common even in conservative villages in the Innerschweiz.

i really admire your bringing some "facts" based explanation into everything that seems to criticize swiss or switzerland...its all about us foreigners not reading enough, or being uneducated about switzerland or misunderstanding things in life
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:18
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i really admire your bringing some "facts" based explanation into everything that seems to criticize swiss or switzerland...its all about us foreigners not reading enough, or being uneducated about USA or misunderstanding things in life
Seems to me we are in the same boat
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:21
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its all about us foreigners not reading enough, or being uneducated about switzerland or misunderstanding things in life
No, it's not THE foreigners, it's just you.
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:22
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No, it's not THE foreigners, it's just you.
Yes. YOU foreigners
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:28
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Irrelevant thread; we're all the same color on the inside, allegedly.
I can only comment on girls. They are pink on the inside.


I am obviously biased, but to throw in one word: I love it that racism discussions always go one way - the bad white people discriminating everyone else. I can say that I as an European am easily as much confronted with stereotypes in Asia as my Asian wife in Europe. And they have easily as colorful words for us. The one that pisses me off most is actually the Khmer word for Ausländer. In Cambodia they call us barang: FRENCH!
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[QUOTE=Treverus;1423893]I can only comment on girls. They are pink on the inside.


I am obviously biased, but to throw in one word: I love it that racism discussions always go one way - the bad white people discriminating everyone else. I can say that I as an European am easily as much confronted with stereotypes in Asia as my Asian wife in Europe. And they have easily as colorful words for us. The one that pisses me off most is actually the Khmer word for Ausländer. In Cambodia they call us barang: FRENCH![/QUOTE]
Ahhhhhh C`mon Treverus ! being called French is not that bad If you have a German accent in Canada You a "Square Head "
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I can only comment on girls. They are pink on the inside.


I am obviously biased, but to throw in one word: I love it that racism discussions always go one way - the bad white people discriminating everyone else. I can say that I as an European am easily as much confronted with stereotypes in Asia as my Asian wife in Europe. And they have easily as colorful words for us. The one that pisses me off most is actually the Khmer word for Ausländer. In Cambodia they call us barang: FRENCH!
It could be worse, they could call everybody German...
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IAhhhhhh C`mon Treverus ! being called French is not that bad
No, they could have said Canadian.
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Old 02.12.2011, 15:45
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It's all about hybrid vigour. There's enough evidence to suggest that mixed race people have certain genetic advantages over those who aren't.
Sooner or later somebody had to say it.

Certain genetic compositions are better than others but oh no, it ain't racist to think so...
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In Cambodia they call us barang: FRENCH!
Aye, in Thailand (similar language) it's the same, Farang this, Farang that... same in China, some use it even when they know your name.
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