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The couples varied widely in terms of religious identification and involvement, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender pairings, and presence or absence of children.Despite the stereotype of an Asian American woman married to a white Jewish man, half of the heterosexual couples involved a white Jewish woman married to an Asian American man.At the same time, it is hard to get a nuanced picture of what is really happening because large scale demographic studies, such as those conducted by the Pew Research Centers and the US census are restricted in terms of what kind of religious information they can ask for.The researchers’ interest in learning about the alignment between what parents are trying to do and what grown children feel about their identities comes from an issue they deal with on a daily basis.When Noah Leavitt and Helen Kim first met and started dating in graduate school in 1997, they didn’t know many other couples that looked like them.Fast forward a decade, and the Jewish-American Leavitt and the Korean-American Kim, by then married and soon to become parents to the first of their two children, started to notice that not a week went by without at least one Asian-Jewish couple appearing in the New York Times wedding announcements section.The biggest takeaway from the interviews with the young adults was that many of them identify very strongly as Jewish.
Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up Kim, 43, an associate professor of sociology, and Leavitt, 47, an associate dean of students at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, started to wonder whether marriages between Jews and Asians were becoming a trend, and if so what draws these couples together — and how do they decide how to raise their children given racial, ethnic and sometimes religious differences?
As academics, they also noticed that there was a complete absence of exploration of the subject of Jewish-Asian couples despite there already being a significant amount of sociological literature on intermarriage in general.
“It’s common in the field of sociology to study people like yourself.
Thirty-nine adult children born to Jewish American and Asian American couples (none of them the offspring of the couples included in the study) living in the same metropolitan areas were interviewed.
The small sample size included 14 males and 25 females, all ages 18 to 26.