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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.
However, their study also finds that all Asian ethnic groups and husbands and wives are also more likely to marry another Asian (either within their own ethnic group or some other Asian ethnic group) than before, and that despite the increasing popularity of Asian intermarriage with Whites, the data show that these days Asian Americans are much more likely to marry another Asian than to marry a White person.One theory emphasizes that marrying a White person is the ultimate form of assimilation (see the article “Assimilation and Ethnic Identity” at Asian Nation) and signifies full acceptance by White society.Therefore, an Asian American may marry a White person because s/he (consciously or unconsciously) wants to be fully accepted in White society.However, to many people, this theory sounds rather condescending since it presumes that the only reason why an Asian American would marry a White would be to fulfill a need for acceptance.A nother related theory that may also sound a little patronizing is the belief that Asian Americans marry Whites to increase their social status, since Whites generally occupy the highest socio-cultural position in the U. In other words, even if a working-class Asian American marries another working-class White, her social status will still improve, compared to if she married someone else in her ethnic group or even another Asian.