"No Roller Coasters in China:" Asian Women's Dating Relationships with White Men Open Access

Bae, Sungeun (2011)

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"No Roller Coasters in China:" Asian Women's Dating Relationships with White Men


This qualitative study explores Asian women's experiences in dating relationships with white men. I conduct in-depth interviews with twenty Asian American women, ten foreign-born Asian women and two Asian-white biracial women. I question assumptions that the rising rate of interracial relationships indicates increased assimilation into white culture among minorities. I argue that Asian women engaging in relationships with white men often experience more distinct exclusion from white communities because they date white men, and these dating relationships often cause Asian women to discover the racial boundaries between honorary whites and whites.
Additionally, these Asian women were often treated as outsiders due to the special statuses they gained from dating whites. Thus,they often reported feeling stuck, outsiders to both white and Asian communities. I conclude with suggestions for future
research on assimilation theory.

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Introduction………………………………………………………………………….…………....1

Resesarch Questions………………………………………………………………..…………..…2

Literature Review…………………………………………………………………….….………..2

Theoretical Framework…………………………………………………………………………..10

Methods……………………………………………………………………………….…….……15

Findings…………………………………………………………………………………...……. 20

Implications and Discussion ………………………………………………….…………………62

References………………………………………………………..………………………………67

Appendices………………………………………………………………………...……………..71

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