Asian dating and marriage

One theory emphasizes that marrying a White person is the ultimate form of assimilation (see the article “Assimilation and Ethnic Identity” at Asian Nation) and signifies full acceptance by White society.

Therefore, an Asian American may marry a White person because s/he (consciously or unconsciously) wants to be fully accepted in White society.

My statistical analysis also suggests that among Asian American women, similar to men, those who are immigrants, those who live in one of those six states with large Asian communities, and those who turned 18 in 1985 or later are more likely to have a White husband, all other things being equal.

In addition, Asian American women of Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry, those who are homeowners, those who are paid employees (as opposed to owning their own business), and those who turned 18 from 1970-1984 are also more likely to intermarry with Whites.

Similar in structure to their study, I have analyzed national data from the Census 2000 Supplemental Survey to construct the following table, which updates the results from 1990 to 2000 and represents data from the entire U. You should also note that because this research uses sample data, inherently there is a small degree of sampling error, which basically means that some of the proportions you see have a small margin of error. Although the numbers for intermarriage with Blacks and Hispanics/Latinos are low, Asians who are most likely to intermarry with Blacks are Japanese American husbands and Asian Indian wives, while Filipino Americans (husbands and wives) are most likely to intermarry with Hispanics/Latinos.

In other words, just because a proportion is listed as 0.0 (i.e., a Filipino husband and a Black wife, etc.) does not mean that there are zero examples of those marriages in the overall U. Those who are most likely to marry within their own ethnic group are Vietnamese Americans (husbands and wives) while Japanese Americans (husbands and wives) are most likely to marry another Asian American (outside their own ethnic group).

Also, Filipino Americans and Chinese Americans are also more likely to intermarry with Whites, again with all other things being equal.

Further, Asian American men tho who turned 18 years of age in 1985 or later are also more likely to intermarry with Whites.

Conversely, Vietnamese Americans have the lowest such rates, which makes sense because they are the most recently arrived Asian ethnic group and it is likely to take more time for them to become ‘maritally assimilated.’ Sociologists and psychologists like to ask why Asian Americans choose to intermarry with Whites.

My research, in which I statistically analyze data from the 2000 Census, suggests that among Asian American men and with all other things being equal, those who are immigrants and those who live in a state where there are large Asian communities (i.e., CA, FL, HI, IL, NY, and TX) are less likely to intermarry with Whites than those who were born in the U. and those who live outside one of those six states.

Whether it’s dating or marrying someone of a different race, interracial relationships are not a new phenomenon among Asian Americans. These laws actually made the situation worse because Asian men were no longer able to bring their wives over to the U. So in a way, those who wanted to become married had no other choice but to socialize with non-Asians. servicemen who fought and were stationed overseas in Asian countries began coming home with Asian “war brides.” These Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese women eventually played a role in developing the Asian American community by sponsoring their relatives to immigrate to the U. These days, Asian Americans in interracial relationships are very common.

When the first Filipino and Chinese workers came to the U. After World War II, however, the gender dynamics of this interracial process flip-flopped. One of the best research articles on this topic is a study conducted by Shinagawa and Pang entitled “Asian American Panethnicity and Intermarriage,” reprinted in the highly recommended . The table shows the percentage of six Asian ethnic groups who are married to either someone within their ethnic group, to another Asian (outside their ethnic group), or to someone who is White, Black, or Hispanic/Latino, by husbands and wives. Basically, what these stats tell us is that among these six Asian American ethnic groups, among husbands, the groups that are most likely to intermarry with Whites are Filipinos and Japanese while among wives, it’s Japanese and Koreans.

This very individual and personal aspect can sometimes produce a lot of public discussion. However, many people soon saw Asian intermarriage with Whites as a threat to American society. had formal laws on their books that prohibited non-Whites from marrying Whites.

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