Tag Archives: cross-cultural

To eleven years together: “Love is grabbing hold to the great Lion’s mane”


“Love is grabbing hold to the great Lion’s mane” or so go the words from the poet Hafiz. I’ve been clinging to that mane – whipping in the wind it often seems – for eleven years now. Actually, it has been … Continue reading

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A fıstıklı bromance: On overcoming culture-based food biases


Karagöz recently attempted to stir the pot with me, by pointing out that M. is heavily involved in a “bromance” with another Turkish-American guy.  I guess Karagöz is a little homophobic, but I’m not really clear on that.  Maybe Karagöz … Continue reading

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A Karagöz Puppet-Refereed Debate about Islam as a Religion of Peace


What I have come to realize about myself in the context of my cross-cultural relationship, is that there are things about Islam and Muslim culture in Turkey that are difficult for me to accept. They are difficult to accept as … Continue reading

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