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Essay 3 final draft - York 1 Kailyn York AAS 155 R Kwon TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM 2 November 2010 Multiracial Identities The rise of interracial marriage

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York 1 Kailyn York AAS 155 R. Kwon TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM 2 November 2010 Multiracial Identities The rise of interracial marriage and multiracial identification in the United States has brought together many different races and cultures, such as Asians, Latinos, and African Americans . Among both Asian Americans and Latinos, the rate of intermarriage is significantly greater than among African Americans . Furthermore, interracial individuals of Asian and Latino descent are more likely to identify as people of mixed race than mixed individuals of African American descent who would likely identify as black . With the increasing acceptance in the United States of mixed marriages and mixed identities, the world’s understanding of race and ethnicity has changed drastically . America’s changing color line has affected many aspects of the Asian American population in that there is a greater promotion of interracial relations within the culture . It has broken down the boundaries between Asian Americans, Latinos, and African Americans, and has developed a sort of cultural “whiteness” within the Asian American population . Interracial marriage has created a physical blending of different cultural backgrounds . It has helped shape Asian Americans and their culture into a dynamically changing aspect of the modern American melting pot. The rise of interracial identification is the result of interracial marriages between two people of different racial backgrounds or groups, often creating multiracial children . In the short
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York 2 essay “Intermarriage and Multiracial Identification” by Jennifer Lee and Frank D . Bean, they explain, “as recently as 1967, interracial marriage was illegal in sixteen states, but today about 13 percent of American marriages involve partners of different races” (382) . Interracial marriage has become more common between whites and nonwhites due to the different racial populations in America . Since many people of different racial backgrounds have migrated to the United States, people started to explore outside of their racial communities and meet others with different racial identities and cultural backgrounds . Lee and Bean claim that “the change in intermarriage rates is significant because sociologists conceive of intermarriage between whites and nonwhites as a measure of decreasing social distance between groups, declining racial prejudice, and changing racial boundaries” (382) . This states that because different racial groups were antisocial toward each other, claimed racial prejudice, and had racial boundaries, they were
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2010 for the course AAS 155 taught by Professor Kwon during the Fall '10 term at CSU Northridge.

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Essay 3 final draft - York 1 Kailyn York AAS 155 R Kwon TuTh 9:30-10:45 AM 2 November 2010 Multiracial Identities The rise of interracial marriage

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