Another known fact is that Somali people love tolaugh, so cracking a good joke or two is encouraged.It is assured that the typical Somali person will and is a bit more comfortable if he or she canhave a good laugh. If you mentioned how beautiful Somali ladies look in "diracs", an elegant Somali dress that most of the Somali women wear, the results will be very pleasant.Somalis are very curious people and they would want to know about you.
"We get very strange looks any time we are together," Chippendale said.
"Often times, I myself wouldn't feel necessarily as uncomfortable, but my wife often does not even want to be seen holding my hand, because it's awkward because of all the looks." Idil Mohamed came to America when she was 12 years old.
It sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable," Mohamed said.
"I want to have a good relationship with everyone in my family.
I want to be able to visit my relatives and feel well accepted.
But hopefully with time it'll change." It's been nearly 20 years since Somali refugees first began settling in Minnesota, but there is little data on Somalis and interracial marriage in the state.
Hassan Mohamud, the imam of Minnesota Da'wah Institute in St.
Paul, said he is officiating more interracial marriages these days at his mosque, especially between Somali women and white men.
Despite these big responsibilities for grooms, Julian Chippendale said about 30 of his Caucasian friends are married to Somali women, and he often gets teased by his male Somali friends.
"Often times, it's with friends of mine and brothers who are just joking with me, but often times it's just like: 'You all cadaan, all you white guys, you are just stealing our women, what is wrong with you.' They do in a joking fashion," said Chippendale. Idil Mohamed's parents don't speak English, so, Chippendale tries to speak to them in Somali. We are very close and we talk all the time," said Chippendale.
"Yeah, obviously, you can see that." Idil Mohamed is Somali, and wears the Muslim headscarf. He converted to Islam before they met on a Muslim dating website.