The Reality of Interracial Marriages
THE OFFICIAL COUNTS
of the 2000 Census are in. Every decade, the U.S.
Census Bureau tallies official counts of U.S. residents, enabling an accurate
picture of the people of America, categorizing by demographics such as
race, gender, economic status, and geographic location.
American Films with
Asian Male & White Female
are some prominent and rare films that features an Asian
male / White female romantic relationships.
early 1900's, isolated films such as Cecil B. DeMille's
brought to the screen the feelings of forbidden love between
a White woman and an Asian man.
Mon Amour and Crimson
Kimono (in which, James Shigeta won the gorgeous White
female - Victoria Shaw - from his White male co-star) featured
an Asian Male and a White Female in starring romantic roles
in major films!
Pacific, the song "You Have to be Carefully Taught"
highlighted in the film one of the main reason why people
fear interracial romantic situations.
to the Sun, James Shigeta was married to the pretty
Carroll Baker in a daring story during WWII!
1990's, Disney's Johny
Tsunami was one of the last example of romantic featured
roles featuring an Asian/Asian American male and a White
ONE CATEGORY THAT
HAS BEEN A HOT TOPIC for minority communities is interracial
dating and marriages. In the last official decennial census count
of 1990, there were disparities among Blacks and Asians in the interracial
marriage scene. In the 1990 U.S. Census, Black males were 2.5 times
more likely to be married a White female than Black females married to
a White male. Conversely, Asian females were 2.5 times more likely to
be married to a White male than Asian males married to a White female.
IN THE UPDATED
2000 CENSUS, the interracial
marriage trends take opposite turns for Blacks and Asians. Movies
such as "Waiting to Exhale" and national television documentaries
and magazines articles confirm there is a husband shortage within the
Black community. The official 2000 census count shows
that Black men are 2.82 times more likely to outmarry, predominantly to
White women, than Black women are to outmarry. Interracial marriages
are a minor factor compared to more predominant factors to the Black husband
shortage. Specific examples include unusually high incarceration rates
of Black males, and shortened life spans of Black males caused by higher
rates of crime, homicide, and poverty.
IF THE STORIES
OF BLACK WOMEN'S FRUSTRATIONS of finding Black men reach
such national levels, why haven’t we seen similar stories and media
documentaries of Asian males frustrated with the marriage scene? Because
the wife shortage for Asian males is no more than fiction.
THE 2000 CENSUS
SHOWS the interracial marriage disparity among Asians
has declined. The official 2000 census count shows that Asian women are
2.35 times more likely to outmarry, predominantly to White
men, than Asian men are to outmarry.
SO FOR EVERY 1,000
ASIAN WOMEN married to husbands, there where 885 Asian
men married to women. In absolute terms, there were 275,000 more Asian
women married than Asian men. The next question is, is there a wife shortage
for Asian males simply because there are more Asian women married? The
answer is no.
THE REASON THERE
ARE MORE ASIAN WOMEN MARRIED is because more foreign born
Asian women from overseas married to American men, primarily White
men, are being imported
into the United States. The first factor is the military factor. Since
World War II, over 200,000 Asian women from Asia have married American
G.I. soldiers and immigrated to the United States. The second factor is
the mail order
bride factor. The Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services
reports that several thousand Asian
mail order brides enter the United States every year, about 94 percent
of them marrying White American
males, and this mail
order bride industry has been in business for decades.
THESE TWO FACTORS
more than accommodates for this imaginary wife shortage
for Asian males. Such reasons are why there is no need for national media
coverage for Asian males, unlike the situation of Black women.
THESE CENSUS FIGURES
ARE VALID COUNTS of actual U.S. citizens based on 56,497,000
married couples of the U.S. Census Bureau’s publication, America's
Families and Living Arrangements. It was first issued to the public on
June 2001. The figures are not estimates; they are official tallies of
the people of America used by the United States government to ration federal
funding to state governments and local municipalities. Therefore, the
figures are official and reliable.
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