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Sometimes, particularly for young Asian immigrant women, they are forced into marrying within their own ethnic group by family members and cultural traditions.
They also don’t point out the traditional patriarchy and sexism that still exists among many Asian men and their expectations that Asian women are merely their possessions and must obey their every command.
Therefore, an Asian American may marry a White person because s/he (consciously or unconsciously) wants to be fully accepted in White society.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. In this sense, Asian women are not seen as equal partners but rather as sexual objects to be controlled and used by the male.These critics point out that in most areas of popular American culture, rarely do you see the opposite happening — Asian males being the subjects of infatuation or sexual desire by White women.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.