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This concerned me (obviously), as I feared my in-laws -- both clearly South Asian -- were being detained in some corner out of our reach, threatened with deportation.It had taken a lot to get both families here for our first-ever live encounter, and the thought that some over-zealous cop could blow everything at the last moment fueled my anxiety.Shoutout to Mom and Dad for never letting my younger sister and I forget where we came from. ), but some things about our culture just aren’t that glamorous, such as the gender stereotyping for example.

I first met my in-laws outside baggage claim of Marco Polo airport, Venice, Italy, on September 11, 2014.

They arrived on a flight via Dubai, originating from Karachi, Pakistan.

He is one of few white folks in my circle of friends. They are holding champagne flutes and they look…in love.

“It was an article in which you talk about how difficult it is to date,” he continued. It all looks very Norman Rockwell, or like one of those white people fancy wedding scenes that you see at the end of a romantic comedy.

Plain-clothed Carabinieri (the Italian equivalent of U. Marshals) with badges hanging from their necks, jeans and sunglasses ala Jack Bauer, were stopping random South Asian men.

The passengers looked perplexed as they were led back into the bowls of baggage claim before reaching the light of day.

And, I’d get married when I was old, maybe when I was 28. One late night during Ramadan as I binge scrolled through my Facebook feed, I saw a picture of my Ex.

As far as I was concerned, I would only marry a white guy – if I was to get married at all.

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For all 18 years of my life, I’ve lived in cities with large Pakistani communities.

| Tags: class, culture, dating, interracial dating, love, Love Insh Allah, Muslim dating, Muslim love, Muslim men, Muslim relationships, Muslim women, racism, radical love, relationships, Salaam Love, Tanzila Ahmed, white privilege, white supremacy “I have some questions about things you’ve written about,” John asked last week. ” “Dating in Los Angeles is harder than other cities I’ve lived in. Though, when it comes to choice, which is what online dating is all about – that’s what I would prefer. He’s in a suit with a flower on his lapel, standing happily next to his beautiful bride.

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