“Ebony and Ivory live together in perfect harmony. Side by side on my piano keyboard, oh Lord, why don’t we?” so sang Stevie Wonder. Indeed, the world is constantly grappling with the age old issue of racial harmony. Until today, even as we progress, we still find ourselves being challenged by racial prejudices almost everyday.
As most parts of the world become increasingly cosmopolitan, we find ourselves having to learn to live and work alongside our counterparts from other races and countries, who may not share the same culture, beliefs and values as us. But the inevitable phenomenon of globalisation has brought about an unexpected amount of tolerance amongst different groups of people, whose lives become entwined together through their social or business network. In fact, some have found love in another race.
As the world celebrates love in this month of February, we are reminded once again about how powerful love can be. Love can transcend all barriers to bring two very different people together to share their lives and thoughts. In fact, it can even bring together people from very different cultural backgrounds.
In this time and day, it is amazing how many inter-racial relationships we are witnessing over the years. The world has become a melting pot of different cultures, religions and values. From the far west to our own backyard in Singapore, inter-racial couples have become the norm of modernisation. It doesn’t matter whether they share the same national language or not, these inter-racial couples are not lost in translation as they immerse themselves in the world’s common language – love. Let’s toast to love this season as we set aside our own prejudices to embrace one of the greatest gifts on earth.
Here are some of the most prominent inter-racial couples of our times:
- 46-year-old renowned Hong Kong celebrity, Maggie Cheung and 39-year-old German architect beau, Ole Scheeren, the man behind Beijing’s CCTV Tower and Singapore’s new iconic development, The Interlace condominium.
- Richard Stanley, the late ex-CEO of DBS and Singaporean wife, Koh Li Peng
- Singapore’s Minister for National Development, Mah Bow Tan and Australian wife Dr. Sheryn Kaye Von Senden
- Singer and guitarist, the late John Lennon, who was a member of the illustrious English rock band, the Beatles; and his Japanese artist-cum-musician wife Yoko Ono
- Bruce Lee, the martial arts legend and American teacher, Linda Cadwell
- Prominent Indian political figure, Sonia Gandhi, who is an Italian and late husband, Rajiv Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
- Former US Defense Secretary, William Cohen and journalist Janet Langhart