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.
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.
It’s hard enough to find a person with whom you are completely compatible. Le is Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology and Chair of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
When you find that person, his/her race may be one consideration, but in the end I think most people would agree with me that love, a true appreciation of their similarities and differences, mutual respect, and genuine equality are the most important factors. He earned his Ph D from SUNY-Albany, where he wrote a dissertation analyzing assimilation patterns among APIA groups based on Census data, while simultaneously building — one of the WWW’s most highly regarded sites for news, views and reference information pertaining to Asian American communities in general and Vietnamese American communities in particular.
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.
Studies consistently show that Asian Americans have the highest “outmarriage” rates — marrying someone else outside of their own ethnic group. Therefore, anti-miscegenation laws were passed that prohibited Asians from marrying Whites. Supreme Court rule that such laws were unconstitutional. As you can see, it’s only been in recent years that interracial marriages are relatively common in American society.
But as always, there’s more to the story than just the headline. History shows that these anti-miscegenation laws were very common in the U. The first such laws were passed in the 1600s to prevent freed Black slaves from marrying Whites. Of course, anti-miscegenation laws were part of a larger anti-Asian movement that eventually led to the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 and other restrictive regulations.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).The other issue that comes into play here is how Asian women are frequently fetishized.Historically, it was very common for Asian women to be portrayed as docile, subservient, exotic, mysterious, and/or seductive. Many Asian Americans argue that this cultural stereotype or fetish of Asian women is a large reason why many males (particularly White males) are attracted to Asian women.Also, Filipino Americans and Chinese Americans are also more likely to intermarry with Whites, again with all other things being equal.