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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.
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.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.Sometimes, particularly for young Asian immigrant women, they are forced into marrying within their own ethnic group by family members and cultural traditions.They also don’t point out the traditional patriarchy and sexism that still exists among many Asian men and their expectations that Asian women are merely their possessions and must obey their every command.These images can be traced back to Chinese prostitutes who were “imported” into the U. back in the 1800s and through the prevalence of “war brides” (Asian women marrying U. In this sense, Asian women are not seen as equal partners but rather as sexual objects to be controlled and used by the male.
These critics point out that in most areas of popular American culture, rarely do you see the opposite happening — Asian males being the subjects of infatuation or sexual desire by White women.
Fortunately, that is not always the story for many, even most interracial relationships.
What these criticisms don’t mention is why Asian Americans sometimes marry within their ethnic group.
Nonetheless, intermarriage is making its mark in the Asian American community.
The figure from the Census Bureau chart below reports that among the six major Asian American ethnic groups in 2000, Japanese Americans had the highest proportion of their total population that are in combination with at least one more Asian ethnic group (i.e., Japanese-Chinese) or with at least one other race (i.e., Japanese-White) at over 30%.
These results can be considered in combination with the Shinagawa and Pang article, which points out that for all Asian ethnic groups and both husbands and wives, the percentage who are intermarrying with Whites has increased in recent decades, with the one exception of Japanese American wives.