The challenges of cross-cultural understanding and communication as discussed by other papers in this issue, can be multiplied several times in reference to intercultural marriage. For a person involved in such a marriage, cross-cultural contacts are not simply interesting experiences from which one can retreat into one's house when saturated. Indeed, the "foreign" culture is there twenty-four hours a day. This cultural contact is also laden with emotion, both positively and negatively. Intercultural marriage also has a sense of permanence that most cross-cultural experience does not have. All of these factors, when used positively, can result in the highest possible adjustment and involvement in another culture. Thus, intercultural marriage has many inherent problems but also offers tremendous challenges and opportunities.

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