Exploring Asian-white interracial romance
We have heard so much about black-white relationships where interracial dating is concerned. And as a result, other interracial combos have not garnered well-deserved attention. Lately, more and more Asians are dating and marrying whites, however, little research has been documented on the dynamics of these relationships.
In a book 'Racing Romance: Love, Power, and Desire Among Asian American/ White Couples', that looks into Asian-white relationships, author Kumiko Nemoto talks about the challenges and stresses that come as a result of race, class, and gender by incorporating life-history stories and interviews with those currently or previously involved in interracial romance.
Nemuto shows that the kind of romantic settings and situations couples navigate, depends on the gender of the Asian-origin partner. This means race and gender considerations deeply affect the choices of Asian white couples when they intermarry. And although most couples she interviewed see themselves as colorblind, she thoroughly expresses how racism shapes their descriptions of identity, family and love.
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The book shows that just as in black-white dating, stereotypes influence asian-white couples too. The couples have to wrestle with media depiction of Asian women as submissive and hypersexual and that of Asian men as weak laborers or powerful martial artists among others.
Even if we put the ideal of interracial relationships in the same conversations with multiculturalism and color blindness, according to Racing Romance, these relationships are still firmly shaped by reason of patriarchy and gender that are intrinsic to the ideals of family, marriage and our nation as a whole.
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