by Lisa Cvejn, IWCS Communications Chairperson
We were honored to have author Wendy Williams give a book reading at our January Monthly Meeting. Wendy Williams is the author of The Globalisation of Love. She is Canadian and lives in Vienna with her Austrian husband and Austro-Canadian daughter. She has lived in six different countries and worked internationally for 18 years. She stated that she has had lots of multicultural relationships, but jokingly wouldn’t go into any details. Wendy’s book’s back cover copy reads, “One of the most profound influences of globalisation is that people from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else. The Globalisation of Love is about the whirls and twirls, the quirks and perks, the frustrations and the fun of a multicultural marriage.
Wendy has painstakingly interviewed many couples and individuals from all around the world to try to uncover what a multicultural relationship really is. The book is full of interesting and funny anecdotes from her own life experiences and these willing participants. Wendy uses the term “GloLo” throughout her book to paraphrase globalization of love, meaning a multicultural relationship.
Members sat in an intimate setting to discuss individual concerns and share funny stories. Wendy was an excellent speaker and has a wonderful sense of humor (Which I think is a must for all “GloLos!”) She read anecdotes from her book and shared personal stories from her own life experiences. It was inspiring to have Wendy join our meeting to help us “GloLos” understand that our choice was not just by chance, but there is something about us that brought us and our partners together. Intrigued? Read the book.
I have read the first three chapters and I can conclude for myself that I feel less alone. I can now find more humor in my own mistakes and frustrations. I can again remember why I fell in love. Wendy is hesitant to make a one paragraph conclusion for such a profound issue, but her book illustrates that those of us lucky enough to get to have this experience will also have to deal with at least ten additional cultural issues. After all, if you can get through all that, isn’t this love worth fighting for?
If you missed Wendy’s visit, be sure to visit her website for more information.