Maybe it is because I'm bitter, maybe it is because it is a prominent and pressing matter, or maybe it is because it hits close to home.
Whatever the case, interracial couples have been on my mind.
Of course I'm happy when I see interracial relationships. I want to see a mix of cultures within interracial relationships; a melting pot within the melting pot.
Too often I see horrible, though sadly accurate, media representations of western men with their delicate Asian girlfriends.
The image I described was something I must have witnessed at least three times just within the past week -- in real life, mind you, not in the media.
It is exogamy at its finest and cultural isolation or ostracism is bound to occur.
One side of the family is usually lost to distance. It is your typical vision of patrilocal residency; my mother -- born in Taiwan -- moved away from her family after meeting my father in NYC.
Sure, we've looked at statistics like, "In 2010, there were 5.4 million interracial or interethnic married-couple households," or, according to the United States Census Bureau.
"The number of interracially married couples has risen dramatically from 310,000 in 1970 to 2,340,000 in 2008." America is highly concerned with upping their interracial couples statistics, just like a college or university is concerned with ethnic diversity statistics.
For more information about data sources and methodology, see Appendix 1.
Key findings: In this report, the terms “intermarriage” and “marrying out” refer to marriages between a Hispanic and a non-Hispanic (interethnic) or marriages between non-Hispanic spouses who come from the following different racial groups (interracial): white, black, Asian, American Indian, mixed race or some other race.
It is always, "Oh, people were riled up about this commercial because it had an interracial couple," or "Oh, I thought their relationship was so romantic and beautiful, we need more commercials like that." While I certainly agree that today's media needs more commercials with diverse kinds of people (because let's face it, most of the youth of America will be racially ambiguous by 2050), it is not just about whether interracial couples are being portrayed in the media or not. They are not exactly a new topic, but I think it is time we start looking at interracial relationships from a different angle; from within.
America as a country has only been grazing the surface of multiracial couples.
I want to see more people concerned with how interracial relationships are actually faring, not just the fact that they are increasing in numbers.