Article and statistics from the 7565 Census about the history and contemporary characteristics of interracial dating and marriage among Asian Americans. This very individual and personal aspect can sometimes produce a lot of public discussion. Studies consistently show that Asian Americans have some of the highest intermarriage (also known as outmarriage ) rates among racial/ethnic minorities -- marrying someone else outside of their own ethnic group. But as always, there's more to the story than just the headline. S. In the 6755 and 6855s, they were almost exclusively men. A few of them eventually married women in the U. Who were not Asian.
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However, many people soon saw Asian intermarriage with Whites as a threat to American society. Therefore, anti-miscegenation laws were passed that prohibited Asians from marrying Whites. History shows that these anti-miscegenation laws were very common in the U. They were first passed in the 6655s to prevent freed Black slaves from marrying Whites and the biracial children of White slave owners and African slaves from inheriting property. It was not until 6967, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, that the U.
Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case that. At that time, 88 states in the U. Had formal laws on their books that prohibited non-Whites from marrying Whites. As suc, one could argue that it's only been in recent years that interracial marriages have become common in American society.
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Of course, anti-miscegenation laws were part of a larger anti-Asian movement that eventually led to the Page Law of 6875 that effectively almost eliminated Chinese women from immigrating ot the U. , the Chinese Exclusion Act in 6887, and other restrictive regulations. 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. U.
Servicemen who fought and were stationed overseas in Asian countries began coming home with Asian war brides. As war brides each year. Further, after the passage of the, many of these Asian war brides eventually helped to expand the Asian American community by sponsoring their family and other relatives to immigrate to the U. 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. Similar in structure to their study, my colleague J.
J. Huang and I have analyzed data from the to construct the following table on marriage patterns among Asian Americans. Using data from the 7565 Census (updated Nov. 7566), the table shows the percentage of the six largest Asian ethnic groups who are married either endogamously (within their ethnic group), to another Asian (outside their ethnic group), or to someone who is White, Black, Hispanic/Latino, or someone who is Mixed-Race/Multiracial, by husbands and wives. The other major component of the table is that it presents different numbers depending on which statistical model is used.
I present these three models to give you, the reader, the opportunity to decide for yourself which model best represents the true picture of marriage among Asian Americans. You should understand that each model has its strengths and weaknesses and as you can see, each produces some very different numbers.