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RACE AND GENDER CONSTRUCTS IN INTERRACIAL/ INTRA RACIAL DATING 1 Race and gender constructs in inter racial/ intra racial dating Name: Institutional Affiliation: Acknowledgement: I would, first, like to thank the institution for offering me an opportunity to express my educational abilities by partaking this seminar. Second, I thank my supervisor for guidance and contribution throughout the process of formulating this term paper. Without this help, I would absolutely not have achieved this milestone. Third, I humbly thank the participants in the interview part of this research as they offered information for which this research is built at no charge in addition to being sincere. Finally, I thank my family for their support and patience throughout my education.
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RACE AND GENDER CONSTRUCTS IN INTERRACIAL/ INTRA RACIAL DATING 2 Abstract Currently, in the US, 2% of all registered marriages are interracial, this amounts to approximately 1.4 million marriages. These marriages include those that consist of Asians and Americans. In America, a relationship between a white and an Asian as mentioned previously is marked. In societies dominated by whites, whiteness is unmarked, but in different settings such as that of South East Asia, whiteness is actually marked. Similarly, people of all Asian Ethnicity are categorized as Asian in the American society. However, an example of a Chinese in a Korean society is marked. In the first case, a relationship between a Korean and a Chinese would be unmarked as both are Asians in a largely diverse society in racial construct. In the second case, the same relationship would be marked. The relationship between a Japanese and a Korean is intra-racial. This shows that the visibility of a particular racially inclined relationship constructs, the semiotic relevance given to it, the treatment and stigmatization in regard to the race, therefore, depends largely on the dependent on the area of reference and varies significantly in the different societies, this will be a major exploration of this paper. The attachment of gender on the visibility of a relationship will also be looked into. This paper’s research is built on an interview form of research in which in a sample (n=61) from both Asian American and Caucasian American races were interviewed on their preferences about partners they would date and their attitude towards people in their race and probably their relatives who are in interracial relationships. This paper explores greatly two races, Asian Americans and Caucasian Americans. The paper also suggests that gender and race greatly influence interracial and intra-racial relationships relations.
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RACE AND GENDER CONSTRUCTS IN INTERRACIAL/ INTRA RACIAL DATING 3 Table of Contents Acknowledgement: .............................................................................................................. 2 Abstract ................................................................................................................................ 3 Table of Contents ................................................................................................................. 4 Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 5 Hypothesis ....................................................................................................................... 6 Definition of terms ........................................................................................................... 6 Literature Review ................................................................................................................ 6 Research Methodology ........................................................................................................ 9 Sample ............................................................................................................................. 9 Procedure ......................................................................................................................... 9 Measures ........................................................................................................................ 10 Results ................................................................................................................................ 10 Marking of relationships in relation to gender and race ................................................ 10 Analysis ......................................................................................................................... 11 Conclusions ........................................................................................................................ 11
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  • Fall '08
  • Julier,L
  • Miscegenation, Interracial marriage, Multiracial

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