Pew Social Trends : Asian Intermariage 2017 edition

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    The last time Pew studies conducted this study , the data was from 2010. The 2017 edition of this study now sources it’s data from 2015. So what has changed since then? Lets do a comparison to see what’s changed in 5 years.

    On Intermarriage between Native born Asians vs Foreign Born

    • In 2010 , the number of Native born Asian men who were intermarried was 32% and Foreign born AM was 11%. Among native born Asian women it was 43 % vs 44% for foreign born Asian women.

    • Now in 2015 , this statistic has changed dramatically in certain directions. Native Asian men now intermarry at 38% , while foreign born AM marry out at 15%. ( +6% / +4% difference from 2010). Among Asian women , it has now changed : 54% of Native born AF intermarry. while 31% of foreign born AF intermarry representing a ( -12% / +10% difference from 2010).

    • The difference between the intermarriage rates between native born Asian men and women is 16% in 2015, while In 2010 this difference was 12% ( +4% change) . Among foreign born Asian men and women , this difference was 33% in 2010 , and in 2015 , this was 16% (-27% change) [ Compairson conducted WRT to native vs foreign Asians]

    On Who intermarries the most

    On proportion of AMWF VS AFWM Couples

    This statistic was not measured in the 2010 study , but in the 2015 study , the absolute number of AMWF vs WMAF couples confirms the real life experiences of many. 11% of all white-asian couples are AFWM, and only 4% are AMWF. On the whole , these white-asian marriages represented 15% of all interracial couples sampled. The largest group of interracial couples was white/Hispanic , interestingly at 42%.

    On proportion of Asian Intermarriages

    From 1980 to 2015 , the number of intermarriage for Asians has decreased from 33% in 1980. In 2015 , the percentage of Asians that dated out was 29% . In 2010 , intermarriage for Asians was 27.7% , which represents a slight rise in the intermarriage , driven forward by Asian men.

    On Age

    • The highest number of Asians who intermarry differs among age. Asian women who were in their 40s married out at 56% , while those in their 30s intermarried at 42% , and those who were 50 and older intermarried at 46%. Among Asian women younger then 30 , 29% were intermarried.

    • Among Asian men , a dramatically different picture shows. The number of Asian men who intermarry do not vary differently across age. Among those in their 40s, 26% intermarry , and among those in their 30s and 50s , 20% intermarry. For those younger then 30 , it is even less : only 18% intermarry.

    • Among AF vs AM aged 50: the intermarriage difference is at 30%. Among
      AF vs AM aged 30: 22% , and among AF vs AM aged 50 and more:26%. And finally , among those aged younger then 30 , there is a 11% difference.

    On education

    Those less educated are less likely to intermarry: for those with high school or less 26% intermarried , while those with some college intermarry at 39%. Interestingly , those with a bachelors degree and more intermarried less , at 29%.

    Location , Location , Location

    In the metro areas , 28% of Asians intermarried ,but in non metro areas , 47% of Asians married out.


    In summary , the numbers present a varying picture on the state of intermarriage in Asian Americans. A rather large number of Native born Asian women date out , at 54% , which is a rather bleak situation for native Asian men. Among intermarriage for Asians , on the whole it has edged up 1% from [28% to 29%] , which has been accelerated by Asian men choosing to intermarry. The proportion of Asian women who chose to intermarry has not changed much , from 37% in 2010 , to 36%. However , with regards to intermarriage of foreign Asian women this stat has dropped considerably from 43% to 31% , representing a 12% drop. What this suggests is that the increasing wealth in Asia has begun to affect the intermarriage of those who come from Asia. A wide gap still exists between the amount of Amwf vs AFWM, in the direction of afwm.

    A differing message is presented when we look into age and education: Those with less education chose to intermarry less , while those with more , intermarry more. On the variable of age , the older demographic of Asian women intermarry at a high percentage , while among Asian men the proportion of Asian men that chose to intermarry does not differ even among age (18 - 50) . Based on this data , it seems that the younger generation is more aware of the social conditioning involved in intermarrying - as their is a smaller difference in the amount of intermarriage between the genders for those under 30 versus those above 30(11% difference vs 30%). This speaks to the influence of new media, reducing the affects of white brainwashing.

    Overall , the image that this data and statistics present is a varying picture of the state of Asian America. The older generation of Asian Americans seem to be in a pretty bleak state , however it seems the situation maybe able to be salvaged in the younger generations. Increasingly , the amount of foreign born Asians that intermarry is dropping fast , and most likely contributes to the decline in Asian intermarriage. My final conclusion is that the Asian American community will most likely be divided , as a result of the chain effect of AF intermarriage on AM intermarriage.


    1. 2010 data:

    2. 2015 data:

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    not yet. Will do so

  • @asianmovement

    Well-done analysis. Did you post it in medium as well?


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