I was a bit miffed – of course, I both understood and disdained my parents’ preference for me to date the ever-so-coveted Gujarati Doctor, but putting my interracial relationship on par with a traffic ticket I received at 16, or when I got in trouble for talking too much in 3rd grade, seemed a bit extreme.
Interracial dating, while nothing new to most immigrant communities in America, is still something fresh for South Asians in their respective communities.
How often do Asian Americans cohabit interracially? We’re working on something pretty fantastic, and we’d like to tell you about it.
Interracial Relationships: Asian Americans and the National Average Asian American Interracial Relationships [all graphics in one image] MARRIAGE: Approximately 91% of Asian American men marry women who are Asian American, and only 9% marry interracially.
A public sociologist, numbers get me really hot and bothered.
However, I’ve heard more than one Asian woman talk about how she prefers dating white or mixed or otherwise non-Asian boys and would never go back to dating full-blood Asians.
Last year, the cereal brand Cheerios released a commercial that featured an interracial couple and their biracial daughter.
The racist backlash against seeing a black man with a white woman was so severe that Cheerios had to disable comments on its You Tube account.
Whether based in reality or just hype, the widely believed notion that Asian women have the greatest advantage in the dating world has subjected our personal lives to scrutiny.
Our dating choices are judged just as critically as if we were a Christian, or a Democrat, or the owner of three cats and a dog.