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There’s a trend of Korean-American marriages incorporating a lot of older traditions in wedding ceremonies.
Hardy Kim sees a lot of symbolism in those old traditions, like the parents throwing chesnuts and dates at the bride and groom (that's supposed to symolize how many children, by gender, the couple will have).
Le’s a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Le says that creates what he calls a “cultural penalty” in the dating world.
Barbara Nguyen and James Willeford say they have faced minimal resistance for their interracial relationship in New York, but believe that attitudes are different outside major metropolitan cities.
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“This is something which I think is culturally the product of some really interesting phenomena.”Take Norm Leong.
So it’s easy to overlook the broader role society, culture and yes, even race plays in that decision. He grew up in Gross Pointe, Michigan, and now lives in Oak Park. But Asian-American women are twice as likely as their male counterparts to marry outside their race. If that were the sole criteria, then Asian-American men would be near the top of the list,” he said. Asian-American men are second only to black women for having the lowest rates of interracial marriage.
He likes to point out that concept of “Asian American” as a singular group is a uniquely American one.
Yang says Asian-American identity usually starts in college, where many Asians – he jokingly refers to the University of California schools as the Historically Asian colleges – tend to congregate.
At the end of the ceremony, there’s a part where the man has to show his ability to carry forward the life of his bride.
So, he’s supposed to literally pick up his bride and carry her around.
From an early age, he was told he needed to marry a Korean woman. Le thinks at least part of this is due to pervasive cultural stereotypes.