In this segment of the colloquium, Catherine Solheim and Polina Levchenko talk about spouses and others in dispersed relationships who must mediate both technology-enhanced communication and inter-cultural communication.
Catherine explains the circumstances that create dispersed families: opportunities, need to leave for economic survival, becoming refugees. She talked with Mexican families. Mexican men talked about their efforts to maintain their role in the family at a distance.
Conversely, Polina reports that she talks with her family in Russia almost every day via Skype, and sometimes finds they have nothing to talk about when they see each other:
In the discussion that followed, colloquium participants asked Catherine and Polina about the effects other communication technologies on distributed families.