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    Posted May 30, 2014 by
    KNjimegni
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    Keewatin, Minnesota
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    Your modern family

    Our Colorful Family

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Kristin Njimegni is a teacher from Keewatin, Minnesota. While teaching abroad in Russia, she met her husband Eric who is from Cameroon. She says when they first started dating in Russia, people would point and laugh at them. 'It really upset me at first,' she said. 'Eric's reaction was the opposite. It didn't bother him at all. I remember asking him, "How does that not bother you?" He said, "They don't know me. I don't know them. It's their problem,"' she remembers. The couple moved back to America together, where she says they haven't experienced the same kind of negativity in their area. She says sometimes it's challenging to be in an international relationship, but she feels blessed to be with her husband. 'Even after the stares and laughs, we knew then and know now that we are meant to be together,' she said. 'I wouldn't say that Eric and I are modern simply because we are different races. That seems to imply that couples who are the same race are somehow not "modern." I can say that we are an example of the modern world in terms of how small it's become.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    My name is Kristin Njimegni and I grew up in a biracial home; my mother is Native American and my father is caucasian. I met my African husband, Eric, while teaching overseas in Moscow, Russia. While dating in Moscow, we did get many stares and even some laughs when out in public. But we loved each other deeply, even if we are a few shades apart. The photo is from our recent wedding in December, picturing my brother, Eric, me, my dad, my mom, my sister, and brother-in-law. We are a colorful family and we love it.

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