Interracial marriages and divorce

Posted by James, 30 Oct 07

dgesivorce.jpgMulti-cultural America has seen a significant rise in the Chinese population. We have also seen a rise in interracial marriages within the Asian community since 1967 and according to a recent study, one in four Asian-American women marry non-Asians. The rise in Chinese interracial families has to do with the major social changes which have occurred in society since the Accord era. This is a reflection of flexibility within communities.

However, according to this study by Brooklyn Chinese American Association, 40% Chinese women in interracial marriages end up divorced.

Do you agree with this? If yes, what is the major cause of this? Cultural gaps? And if this is true, do you think it’s happening to Asian interracial marriages only or all interracial marriages?

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  1.   fkoi says:
    Posted: 26 Jun 10

    So if 40% of Chinese women who marry interracially end up divorced, doesn't mean that those marriages are more successful than the average which end in divorce more than 50% of the time?

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  2.   Member says:
    Posted: 05 Jan 10

    My wife and I (anglo and Chinese) have known another inter racial couple for many years. Lets call them Don and Leung. Don, the husband is of anglo heritage, is a professional and a high income earner. This was his second marriage. He married Leung, a Chinese woman. She did not work and apparently attended some college course. Leung is attractive and very stylish, but I have always felt uncomfortable around her. They met through some dating service that arranged get togethers between anglo men and chinese women. When they decided to get married, they flew to China to get approval from Leung's father. Her father asked to see proof of Don's high salary, and only then gave his approval for the marriage to proceed. This emphasis on money was also very much a part of Leung's views on life. Everything revolved around money, and she made it clear that she would not have married Don if he did not make such a high salary. After the honeymoon period, serious cracks started to appear in this marriage. Firstly, Leung objected to Don financially supporting his two daughters from his previous marriage. She complained about this bitterly. Secondly, she refused to allow Don to even see his daughters. Don eventually resorted to secret meetings with his daughters. Not really what marriage is supposed to be like, is it? Well, tensions grew in the household, and one day when Leung realised that Don had seen his daughters the previous day, she took a knife from the kitchen and lunged at him. To top it off, she immediately called the police and alleged that he attempted to hit her. The end result was that Don was evicted from his house. This was the house that he paid for exclusively, including all the household furniture, give that Leung only owned a car at the time. This couple has now divorced. As events unfolded, Leung claimed the bank account of the couple (circa $80,000), and fought bitterly over the house. She eventually agreed to a 50% spilt on the value of the house, but kept all the furniture and the bank account. Don simply couldn't fight this any longer, and so agreed. Interestingly, one week after separation, a new man moved in with Leung. He too was an older anglo male. They too are now separated and in legal conflict as well. When I first met Leung, both My wife and I agreed that she was a leech, a gold digger. We both approached Don separately and asked him to think through his marriage plans carefully, because Leung was making some comments not in keeping with someone who was genuinely in love. Don listened to know one, but simply wanted to tell us how he could't stop thinking about his lovely Leung. I mention this because there seems to be a high divorce rate amongst inter racial couples in Australia, especially amongst the Anglo-Chinese variety.

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  3.   Member says:
    Posted: 16 Oct 09

    well, the coon is no good, in 44 years i have not met one worth a flip, same with Mexicans sorry excuse for so called humans, i have never seen such low lifes in both in my entire life, the best thing to do is deport all of the Mexicans and give the blacks a place somewhere to and for their own!

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  4.   klanman says:
    Posted: 16 Oct 09

    well, who in their right mind wants to have anything to do with a filthy smelly black to began with?

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  5.   Me says:
    Posted: 16 Sep 09

    To Donna: How in the hell are people now being hostile to the people who have the easiest path to success? White Men Interracial relationships just put a strain on both parties because of dense people like Donna. If you don't support it then you COULD care less.

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  6.   Donna says:
    Posted: 13 Aug 09

    I am a white woman married to my white husband for 26 years, we love each other more today than ever before. We have raised 3 children and 2 of them have college degres and are married. I personally do not support interracial marriages but if that's what you want then I could careless. My husband has worked very hard to take care of his family in a society that is becoming very hostile towards white men, but he is a toughman and can handle anything this old world throws at him because he knows we love him and appreciate him at home.

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  7.   howso says:
    Posted: 07 May 09

    I believed mix marriage couple are doing well with each other just fine . IT the family from both side is more of the problem, example we are having a cook out party, and we invite both side of the families, but they are not interact ,it seem like they are two differents team. Therefore each group stay in each room , it become so uncomfotable that we stop having both family at our home at the same time. We did not say that they have to love one anther, just talk to each other like normal.

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  8.   JFran says:
    Posted: 29 Jul 08

    People will fall in love, fall out of love and choose to go through with a "labor of love" which is what is takes to make it work or not...It all depends whether same "race" or not how much are you willing to deal with, to sacrifice and at what costs and I find myself being faced with that same question now

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  9.   zslevi says:
    Posted: 11 Jun 08

    "However, according to this study by Brooklyn Chinese American Association, 40% Chinese women in interracial marriages end up divorced." The same is true for white-white marriages.

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  10.   Clay says:
    Posted: 03 Nov 07

    Well, I believe that interracial marriages last longer than people who date and marry within their race. For example, the divorce rate among black and white couples is around 85%. That's high as hell! With interracial couples, the divorce rate is not quite that high. If a person is going to date and marry someone outside of their own race, then it pays to do some research on their culture BEFORE you consider dating and marrying someone who's Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, etc so that way, you'll know or at least have a strong idea of what you're getting yourself into. In other words, learn the do's and don'ts of that culture; however, as with any relationship or marriage, you're going to have to work hard to in order to keep the relationship/marriage strong.

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