Patterns of interracial and interethnic marriages among foreign-born Asians in the United States

Date
2018
Authors
Yang, Philip Q.
Bohm-Jordan, Maggie
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MDPI
Abstract

This study examines the patterns of interracial marriage and interethnic marriage among foreign-born Asians in the United States, using pooled data from the 2008–2012 American Community Surveys. Results show that the most dominant pattern of marriage among foreign-born Asians was still intra-ethnic marriage and that interracial marriage, especially with whites, rather than interethnic marriage among Asians, remained the dominant pattern of intermarriages. Out of all foreign-born Asian marriages, inter-Asian marriages stayed at only about 3%. Among all foreign-born Asian groups, Japanese were most likely to marry interracially and interethnically, while Asian Indians had the lowest rates of interracial marriage and interethnic marriage. Foreign-born Asian women were more likely to interracially marry, especially with whites, than foreign-born Asian men, but they were not much different from foreign-born Asian men in terms of their interethnic marriage rate. The findings have significant implications for intermarriage research, assimilation, and Asian American panethnicity.

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Article originally published in Societies, 8(3), 87. English. Published online 2018. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030087
Keywords
Intermarriage, Interracial marriage, Interethnic marriage, Foreign-born Asians, Assimilation, Asian American panethnicity
Citation
This is the published version of an article that is available at: https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030087. Recommended citation: Yang, P., & Bohm-Jordan, M. (2018). Patterns of interracial and interethnic marriages among foreign-born Asians in the United States. Societies, 8(3), 87. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.
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