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Pet Sins November 2002

Why the special focus on Asian-white relations and its unspoken side-effects on Asian and non-Asian people of color?

Why the focus on Asians? Asians as a group outmarry at a higher rate than any other American ethnic group. In this century, mixed race Americans of Asian descent make up the highest numbers of mixed race infants.

The title of this webzine issue "The White-Yellow/Brown Love Fest and its Effects on non-Asian People of Color" may sound sarcastic or even incendiary, but this is not our intention. Before reading this issue, the reader should understand:

  • Our magazine is not against intermarriage. We simply ask the questions why some intermarriages are more acceptable or popular than others.

  • We are not denying that Asians experience prejudice from whites. We do not intend to trivialize the racism that Asians and other non-black people of color have to deal with. We merely wish to point out that black experiences with racism are more severe.

  • We do not deny that other kinds of intermarriages besides Asian woman-white man can be subject to fetishism too. AWWM is selected as the topic because it constitutes the highest number of intermarriages according to the 2000 census.

  • We do not claim that all AWWM unions are based on racial considerations. Certainly, there are some couples who would have chosen each other no matter what race their partner is. We do, however, have to examine the attitudes of those for whom race factored into their marriage choices.

We use interracial couples as poster-children for diversity, but the kinds of interracial unions which "mainstream" or white America accepts or encourages fit a very narrow profile. For centuries in this country, not all interracial marriages were considered equally acceptable - acceptance was meted out based on the races of the people involved. Nor were all mixed race children of the same standing. For example, white-Indians had occupied a higher standing than black-Indians in some circumstances. Now, as we step into the 21st century, perhaps it is time to reexamine our past attitudes and make conscious choices for the future, instead of bowing to society's dictates without understanding the sexual and racial politics which guide social trends.