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“We’re more likely to view Asian and Hispanic and white as intercultural marriages — they see themselves crossing a cultural barrier more so than a racial barrier,” she said.
“There’s no clear answer in my view,” said Jennifer Lee, a sociology professor at UC Irvine and an expert in immigration and race.
“What I suspect is happening are Western ideals about what feminity is and what masculinity is.” Lee said the greater rates of intermarriage for Hispanics and Asians are arguably easier to untangle.
Despite the greater number of intermarriages — and increasing social acceptance — perspective is important, Lee said.
“I think it’s easy to look at trends and think attitudes are improving about race relations,” she said.
But Pew also found non-whites (40 percent) were more likely than whites (29 percent) to view the rise in interracial marriages as a good thing for society.