Others have commented on her husband having “yellow fever.” Yet for the most part, the couple’s circle of family and friends have been supportive, she said. “But they have been very loving.” Both changes in social norms and raw demographics have contributed to the increase in intermarriages, with Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics — the groups most likely to marry someone of another race or ethnicity — making up a greater part of the U. population in recent decades, according to the report.
Meanwhile, public opinion has shifted toward acceptance, with the most dramatic change seen in the number of non-blacks who say they would oppose a close relative marrying a black person.
Why such differences exist is not entirely understood.
“There’s no clear answer in my view,” said Jennifer Lee, a sociology professor at UC Irvine and an expert in immigration and race.
Up to 8.4 percent of new marriages were interracial, the study found. Additionally, it was discovered that black women marry outside their race less often than black men.
Only 9 percent of black women date or marry white men, while 24 percent of black males end up with white women.
People who are younger, urban and college-educated are more likely to cross racial or ethnic lines on their trip to the altar, and those with liberal leanings are more apt to approve of the unions — trends that are playing out in the Bay Area, where about 1 in 4 newlyweds entered into such marriages in the first half of this decade.She is Asian American, he is white, and they don’t stand out in the local crowd, Zhao said.“I’ve definitely noticed it,” she said, “like every other couple was an Asian-white couple.” Jered Snyder and his wife Jen Zhao make breakfast in their apartment in Oakland, Calif. Snyder and Zhao, who married in 2015, are among a growing trend of interracial couples.The study, released in the middle of December, found a rise in interracial relationships especially with Asians, Hispanics, and Native Indians/Alaskan Natives.But whites and blacks are also marrying other races more today than in the past. For instance, Asian women were far more apt to marry white or black men than Asian men were to find a relationship outside their race.