She recalls that one time when she brought home a Black boyfriend “as a friend,” her father felt the need to craft a long explanation for his presence to an extended family member.
She further noted that among her South Asian peers she received far more stigmatizing attention for “only dating Black” than did those who only dated white.
The representations tread the line between cultural authenticity, sometimes considered stereotype, and colorblindness.
The women exhibit some level of conflict with their cultures and are slightly neurotic: Ming Na dreaded telling her immigrant parents that she was having a baby out of wedlock; Nagra quit her job in a bout of rebellion against family expectation to work as a convenience store clerk. Phifer grew up without a father and has a temper; Gallant went off to serve in Iraq.
Material and historical forces shape these relationships,”said Hamamoto.
Web-surfing indicates that younger people do indeed draw those lines, at least for purposes of fulfilling their attractions.
On has tools for getting to know the other culture that include instructions on how to keep a bonsai, cook Chinese greens and participate in Kwanzaa.
It also has a highly insightful advice column, “Ask Mike,” in which a bald, slim, goateed Black man will answer your romantic questions at great length for free.
The vast majority of questions were from people under 25 wanting to know how they could find, keep or correct their Black or Asian partner.
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“You have three, four, five generations of African-American men who have served oversees in Asia, whose experience with Asian women has been pretty intense in a foreign land where they are treated not as subordinate people but as superior Americans.” Marlon Ross, professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Virginia, raised a methodological question about this theory.