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Do kids belong at weddings?

19th September 2016

Someone recently emailed me with a question about American wedding culture: I am finding more and more that kids are not being invited to weddings and I think that money is a big issue. I have been invited to numerous wedding over the last year or so and every one of them said no kids […]

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How should wedding guests choose how much money to give?

18th July 2016

I overheard an interesting argument recently about how to choose an appropriate gift for an American wedding. One person recommended calling the venue to learn how much they charge per plate: I never want to be a financial burden on a couple getting married. I always remember what it was like for my brother and […]

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Do married men get a hypothetical free pass?

23rd September 2010

This question was posed on a football message board. Read the question briefly and then make sure you understand it by summarizing the man’s problem: My lovely wife and I were watching Mad Men the other evening when she turned to me and asked, “If John Hamm is my free pass, who is yours?” Now […]

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Throw shoes at George W. Bush, get offered a wife

20th December 2008

Reported in the December 19th Calgary Sun CAIRO — An Egyptian man said he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday. The daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with the idea. “This is something that […]

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More Korean men experiencing intercultural marriages

27th April 2008

I just read about international marriages in Korea, particularly between Korean men and women from Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Mongolia, Thailand, Russia, Uzbekistan. In my Korean language class, offered free by the government, there are 7 housewives, me, and a Canadian man. 2 of the women come from the Philippines, 3 are from Vietnam, 1 […]

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Thai marriage and wedding ceremony experience

4th April 2006

On November 21, 2004 I married my Thai sweetheart, Nat. Despite our cultural differences, I am an American who grew up in the South; we found it easy to be with each other. We were both older though she was 15 years my junior. She had never married. I was divorced with an adult daughter […]

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An authentic “where to host a bachelor party in Manhattan” conversation

13th February 2006

I recently read a message board conversation about where to have a bachelor party in New York City (Manhattan). I thought that the question (which included lap dances) and the answers (which focused on strip clubs) had something to show us about New Yorkers’ attitudes toward bachelor parties. Here’s the conversation:

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Weddings in the Philippines contrasted with Amercan wedding culture

31st January 2006

Centuries old Wedding traditions and wonderful Philippine customs make Filipina Weddings (Kasalan) some of the most beautiful wondrous celebrations on earth. The Filipino culture’s high regard for the sanctity of Marriage has given the Philippine Wedding Ceremony many customs and traditions that will be new to Americans.

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Bachelor and stag parties

22nd January 2006

A bachelor party (also called a stag party, stag night (UK), or bucks party (Australia)) is a party held for a bachelor shortly before he is married. This is typically the soon-to-be-husband’s last party as a single man. The stereotype is that the man to be married engages in activities a new wife might not approve […]

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Divorce and Child Custody in Thailand

18th January 2006

 Post marriage, Thai ladies prefer peace to ambition if it comes at the cost of conflicts. Separation in Thai Society is not very painful without involving much acrimony, property is divided equally, and the children may accompany either parent. The choice of parent who would keep custody of child is generally by consensus or mutual […]

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