14.6% of newly hitched couples are interracial
Nearly 1 in 7 new marriages in the United States is interethnic or interracial. 20 years ago, 6.8% of newly hitched couples said they had married outside their race or ethnicity. That percentage now hovers around 14.6%, according to the Pew Report. Marrying outside one's own race is most common for Asians and Hispanics. A gender difference is clearly present among the Asian population, with 40% of newlywed Asian women marrying outside their race and only 20% of Asian men doing so. 18% of African-Americans married interracially, with black men more likely than black women to do so.
Interracial, long distance love at the first sight : American-Filipino love story
It was love at first sight when Eric Larson and Abigail Ladera met, in person, for the very first time. They had concluded over the course of 9 months' worth of instant messaging, phone calls and love letters that they were meant for each other. Larson and Ladera met online with a simple exchange of e-mails in 2006. It wasn't long and the two were communicating morning, noon and night - in spite of the 12-hour time differential. Their long-distance online courtship included a Web cam and playing video games together. Parents on both sides were throwing up red flags about the deepening relationship, not to mention the legal troubles.
Couples have differing perspectives on why they divorced
Divorced men and women are totally apart when it comes to realizing why their marriage failed, says Edna Brown, who is studying the implications of race and gender among 200 people who are divorced. She says males and females have entirely different perceptions about what took place during their marriage. Females gave more wide-ranging reasons for the divorce. "Women said their marriages were abusive, that they fought and argued a lot, had value differences, and that there were alcohol and drug problems." Males gave one reason: family interference. She also studied race differences: "White couples were more likely to say they 'grew apart' than black couples."
U.S. interracial Marriages increased from 149,000 to 1,480,000
Marriages between different races alone have become more popular in the America, jumping from 0.04% (149,000) in 1960 to 2.4 % (1,348,000) in 2000. Elisaida Mendez is teaching multicultural psychology and is penning her thesis on interracial couples. Through all the interviews she has made, not one interracial couple has said they regretted their relationship. Learning about the different cultures can not only help each person realize a new culture, but their own as well. One person may realize his or her partner acts in a certain way because of ethnicity, and successively come to understand the things unique to his or her own culture.
Mixed marriages on rise - Acceptance growing for interracial couples
Susan Sakurai remembers her parents' words of caution when she told them she planned to marry a Japanese immigrant. "They had seen after WWII how people treated children that were half. They just worried about that and didn't want that to happen to me." Sitting next to her husband, Mitsuyuki, Sakurai smiles as she says, "It wasn't a problem." On June 12, 1967, the Loving v. Virginia ruling said states couldn't bar whites from marrying non-whites. Fewer than 1% of the US's married couples were interracial in 1970. However, in 2005 the number of interracial marriages has soared to 4% of the nation's married couples.
Interracial Relationships Are Increasing in U.S., Decline with Age
The older individuals are, the less likely they are to have a relationship with someone of a different race. Yet, the rate of interracial relationships keeps increasing. Although more young adults are dating and cohabiting with someone of a different race, the study found that interracial relationships are considerably less likely than same-race relationships to lead to marriage, though this trend has weakened in recent years.
Interracial Marriages Eroding Barriers
Some see it as a demographic shift that will tear at the fabric that binds Americans, this vast influx of immigrants who for more than two decades have been streaming across the borders. Yet the mounting fears of ethnic divide are being answered by a force of equal might: the enormous rate at which couples of different races are marrying one another. Since 1960 the number of interracial couples in the US has increased more than tenfold, to 1.6 million, including marriages involving Hispanics. Such unions now account for about 4% of U.S. marriages, a share that is expected to mushroom in coming years.