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:
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.