Two hands of different skin colors creating a heart, two hands of different skin colors intertwined. These are the types of images found in stock photo databases that are tagged "interracial romance."
What questions do you have about interracial and cross-cultural romance?
That's one of the first things we asked participants on Wednesday in our first #xculturelove chat, which is part of our month-long exploration of interracial and cross-culture romance. We're using #xculturelove to anchor our discussions. (Code Switch's Matt Thompson says more about the month-long conversation.)
And folks chimed in with some brutally honest — seriously, some of that stuff was real — thoughts on the topics:
"I date mainly white men, but give the side-eye to other white man-Asian women pairings. So many conflicting feelings," Jashin Lin tweeted at us when asked if she had any cultural or racial preferences, and how they were formed.
"It's never been a choice for me, since I'm biracial. Every relationship of mine has been cross-cultural!" Benjamin Lukoff tweeted when we asked if folks had decided to not date cross-culturally.
"When I clicked 'African-American' I got 3 responses on a site I'd been on for more than a year. (Luckily one was my husband) .... But when I clicked 'other' on another site, I got lots of responses... I did it as a joke, but it was telling," tweeted Tangela Ekhoff, on online dating.