"Some people still prefer the arranged marriage, especially in the countryside where tradition is still strong. The thought is that your parents know you very well, and will make the decision based on experience and not emotion. The divorce rate with arranged marriages is lower, because both families are heavily involved and there are many people committed to making the match work. But the tradition is on the way out. It used to be that you didn’t even see your wife until your wedding day, and you fell in love after your wedding, as you learned to support and care for each other. But today there’s Whatsapp and Facebook, so keeping two people apart is almost impossible. ‘Love marriages’ are becoming much more popular than arranged marriages, and even arranged marriages involve much more interaction than they used to. Many families still choose to uphold the appearance of an arrangement. Their children will come to them and say: ‘I fell in love.’ And they’ll say: ‘OK, let us arrange it.’"
Without #Immigration, Half of the U.S. #WorldCup Soccer Team Disappears…
The U.S. national soccer team plays its first World Cup game on Monday against Ghana.
For a country where immigration reform is a such a hot button issue, it’s interesting to note that more than half of the team was born outside the U.S. or have parents who are immigrants.
This year’s team also has a particularly German influence. John Brooks, Timmy Chandler, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones, Fabian Johnson — all were either born in Germany or have a German parent.
There are also four players who are Latino and two players who are Native American. Chris Wondolowski of the Kiowa tribe and and SBNation.com identified DeAndre Yedlin as black, Native American and Latvian.