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A place to Respectfully discuss the differences between cultures. All cultures.

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Example: If you wanted to know more about the clothes that auntie and uncle were wearing when Bob came over for their first date. Names of the articles of clothing. Are these formal or normal outfits? Where would you normally wear such outfits? Etc. This is the perfect place to expand your knowledge. 

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I am the daughter of two European immigrants, Polish and Italian. While there were some differences, there was a lot of similarity as well. 

Food is important. It's probably the most important thing. My Italian grandmother would call us and the first thing she would say after hello was "did you eat?" Quickly followed by "what did you eat?" And dinner at either grandparents house was more than one or two courses. It was usually 4 or 5, lol. 

Appearance is important. I enjoy lounging around in sweats all day long on the weekends or staying in my pajamas but my grandmother hated that. She would want me dressed, regardless of whether I was going out or not. 

Sports and extracurricular activities were not important. It was, and is still considered, a waste of time.  My grandfather doesn't like that I will go see a ballet, or a play, or go out to watch a movie. To him I'm just wasting my money and throwing it away and he will bitch relentlessly about it. It drives me nuts. I've stopped telling him things, heh. 

And Italians love gardens. Everyone has a vegetable garden. We had an Asian family move into the neighbourhood 10 years ago and they removed the garden in their backyard and replaced it with a lovely flower garden. My grandfather still doesn't understand it and will scoff about it. Like not everyone wants to grow tomatoes, grandpa. 

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Bob already going with "auntie" upon the first date caught me. I may have missed an episode or moment where they told Bob to call them uncle and auntie. In Filipino culture the girlfriend/fiance's mother does become auntie until she become mom.

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Well they have answered the church issue for Abishola, but not Bob and his family yet. So not Catholic and no vestments so probably an Evangelic Christian of some kind for Abishola and she attends an ethnically mostly Nigerian church.

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8 hours ago, Dani said:

She is definitely still married. It came up in the second episode. As for why her aunt and uncle are encouraging her to fraternity other men polygamy is common in Nigeria. It’s already been established that Abishola’s father has three wives. 

Bob- What about your son's dad? Where's he at?

Abishola- He moved back to Nigeria.

Bob- How come?

Abishola- There, he's a civil engineer. Here, he worked in a toll booth.

Bob- So he didn't like change? Nothing? Okay. So, so, you're divorced?

Abishola- No.

Bob- But you're not together anymore?

Abishola- No, we are not. 
 

It is one of those situations where since the nation is roughly half Muslim national law looks the other way when locals implement Sharia Law, However they have presented Abishola as an Evangelic Christian. Now the husband my have been Muslim and she was in a religiously mixed marriage from the beginning. But I would think it is more likely that as in other places without no fault divorce he simply moved on with an unmarried partner.

Since she lives in Michigan is should be worth an episode or two when she finally gets the state divorce 

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Abandonment is grounds for divorce though, isn't it? After a certain amount of time, I think it's mostly a formality. Of course, in TV, everything is milked for drama, so maybe there will be trouble. They did go out of their way to establish that complication.

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3 hours ago, possibilities said:

Abandonment is grounds for divorce though, isn't it? After a certain amount of time, I think it's mostly a formality. Of course, in TV, everything is milked for drama, so maybe there will be trouble. They did go out of their way to establish that complication.

In Nigeria the only justification is no sex for a year. but then it doesn't matter Abishola is a resident of Detroit It is Michigan  law that matters for her now. So an episode down the line is due when the separation is formalized in law.

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On 11/2/2019 at 10:06 AM, Raja said:

Bob already going with "auntie" upon the first date caught me. I may have missed an episode or moment where they told Bob to call them uncle and auntie. In Filipino culture the girlfriend/fiance's mother does become auntie until she become mom.

I'm Polish, and typically you would call an older adult Auntie or Uncle when you know them too well to keep saying Mr. or Mrs., yet just calling them by name seems disrespectful. I kinda thought it was something like that.

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