In fact, our studies find that white and Asian men are more likely to respond to [multiracial] Asian-white women than either Asian or white women.”Multiracial “Asian-white” men were also preferred by Asian American women over (monoracial) Asian men and over white men.White women responded to multiracial “Asian-white” men and white men most frequently, and they responded to (monoracial) Asian men and to African American men the least.A nother related theory that may also sound a little patronizing is the belief that Asian Americans marry Whites to increase their social status, since Whites generally occupy the highest socio-cultural position in the U. In other words, even if a working-class Asian American marries another working-class White, her social status will still improve, compared to if she married someone else in her ethnic group or even another Asian.The other issue that comes into play here is how Asian women are frequently fetishized.The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of Texas-Austin and relied on 2003-2010 data from a major US dating website, which they did not identify.The researchers looked at nearly 6.7 million initial messages sent between heterosexual men and women in the following groups: Asian, black, Hispanic, white, Asian-white, black-white, and Hispanic-white.The breakthrough came when the researchers found that three multiracial groups were favored more than anyone else, something they referred to as the “bonus effect.” These three groups were Asian-white women, who were viewed more favorably than all other groups by white and Asian men, and Asian-white and Hispanic-white men, who were given “bonus” status by Asian and Hispanic women.The study’s authors could not definitively say why these three partly white multiracial groups were particularly favored, but Celeste Vaughan Curington, a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and lead author of the study, speculated that “daters may be influenced by the popular media’s representation of mixed-race people as ‘exotic’ and sexually appealing.” This “bonus effect,” which the researchers said was “truly unheard of in the existing sociological literature,” goes against the long established “one drop rule” amongst American sociologists.
Not so in online dating, where a multiracial identity is embraced, the researchers assert: Rather, overall, the researchers found that white-minority multiracial daters (e.g., black-white daters) are viewed more favorably than their monoracial minority counterparts (e.g., black daters).But as always, there’s more to the story than just the headline. History shows that these anti-miscegenation laws were very common in the U. The first such laws were passed in the 1600s to prevent freed Black slaves from marrying Whites. Of course, anti-miscegenation laws were part of a larger anti-Asian movement that eventually led to the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882 and other restrictive regulations.Whether it’s dating or marrying someone of a different race, interracial relationships are not a new phenomenon among Asian Americans. These laws actually made the situation worse because Asian men were no longer able to bring their wives over to the U. So in a way, those who wanted to become married had no other choice but to socialize with non-Asians. servicemen who fought and were stationed overseas in Asian countries began coming home with Asian “war brides.” These Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese women eventually played a role in developing the Asian American community by sponsoring their relatives to immigrate to the U. These days, Asian Americans in interracial relationships are very common.Over the past few years, there has been a great deal of research energy devoted to untangling the racial hierarchies in online dating, where white men and Asian women seem to come out the top.However, in a new study released yesterday, researchers say that in some cases multiracial daters are even more desirable than those of any single racial group, even whites.