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One theory emphasizes that marrying a White person is the ultimate form of assimilation (see the article “Assimilation and Ethnic Identity” at Asian Nation) and signifies full acceptance by White society.
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.
Nonetheless, intermarriage is making its mark in the Asian American community.
The figure from the Census Bureau chart below reports that among the six major Asian American ethnic groups in 2000, Japanese Americans had the highest proportion of their total population that are in combination with at least one more Asian ethnic group (i.e., Japanese-Chinese) or with at least one other race (i.e., Japanese-White) at over 30%.
Again, these are only preliminary conclusions using statistical analysis.
More generally, sociologists have a few theories on why Asians marry Whites.
However, to many people, this theory sounds rather condescending since it presumes that the only reason why an Asian American would marry a White would be to fulfill a need for acceptance.