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Therefore, an Asian American may marry a White person because s/he (consciously or unconsciously) wants to be fully accepted in White society.

Historically, it was very common for Asian women to be portrayed as docile, subservient, exotic, mysterious, and/or seductive.

These images can be traced back to Chinese prostitutes who were "imported" into the U. back in the 1800s and through the prevalence of "war brides" (Asian women marrying U. military servicemen) after World War 2, and these images are constantly reinforced and perpetuated in the media.

Although the Census Bureau aggregated the different Asian ethnic groups into a single "Asian" category, the results of this table basically correspond to the intermarriage results and show that Asian women are much more likely to be living with an opposite sex partner who is White, Black, or Latino, compared to Asian men.

In short, while some may find these statistics surprising, I can assure you that they are valid, accurate, and reliable.

At first glance, these statistics may seem rather unbelievable since they tend to show very high levels of intermarriages, especially among Koreans and Filipinos. S.-raised only represent less than 20% of all marriages involving Asian Americans.

Many readers will undoubtedly argue that these numbers do not correspond to their own personal experiences and observations. First, keep in mind that these numbers are only for marriages in which both spouses are U. Second, other related research shows that intermarriages are much more common outside of the major urban areas where most young Asian Americans lives.

More proof that the statistics presented here are reliable and valid can be found in the following research articles that have already been published in various academic journals across several disciplines. S.-raised (and therefore exclude first generation immigrants) and they all report similar proportions of Asian American intermarriage: Fourth, be sure to read the page that describes the Statistical Methodology and details how these statistics were calculated.

Finally, as supporting evidence, the second table on this page (below) comes from the 2000 Census as well and it shows the percentages of unmarried Asian men and women who are living with members of the opposite sex.

Whatever the implication, high rates of outmarriages to another Asian of a different ethnicity or in particular, to Whites, has led many sociologists and psychologists to analyze why Asian Americans choose to intermarry with Whites.

One theory emphasizes that marrying a White person is the ultimate form of assimilation (see the article on "Assimilation and Ethnic Identity") and signifies full acceptance by White society.

These critics also note that it is the saddest irony when Asian women either allow themselves to be objectified and fetishized or when they buy into and accept these demeaning portrayals of Asian men and eliminate them as potential partners.