An Understanding Friend
(San Antonio, TX, United States of America)
I am not Afghan, but I am in a relationship with an Afghani. He was an exchange student my freshmen year of high school and we had been friends for a long time. I would always ask him questions about his culture because I was so curious and I wanted to be more informed.
In America we are so blind to the other cultures of the world, especially Middle Eastern. I didn't want to be like that, so I would always ask him about his culture, his beliefs, what he thought about certain topics and so on. Now that we are dating I have a better appreciation for his culture because I'm learning so much that the American media left out. He tore down all the previous conceptions I had of the culture, and now I have a greater respect for Afghanistan and Afghan culture.