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.
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%.
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.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.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.Sometimes, particularly for young Asian immigrant women, they are forced into marrying within their own ethnic group by family members and cultural traditions.