Mass migration has dramatically brought people of contrasting ethnicities and religions closer together.
More people of diverse ethno-cultural origins and spiritual world views are dating and marrying.
The Ajit Weekly, for instance, publishes scores of personal ads in which parents of a particular cultural Sikh group from northern India, the “Jats,” routinely seek a “Jat Sikh” partner for offspring.
There are even more subtle shifts – involving demographics – working against mixed unions.
That theory is supported by the habits of the two visible minorities who together account for roughly three million Canadians: Ethnic Chinese and South Asians.
While 75 per cent of couples with at least one Japanese person included partnerships outside their visible minority, only 17 per cent of couples involving an ethnic Chinese person were mixed unions. In other words, the larger and more concentrated the ethnic group, the less likely it will produce a mixed relationship.
Stats Can figures show the proportion of mixed unions among ethnic group members actually goes down in large Canadian cities.
And that’s where the vast majority of visible minorities live.
Indeed, mixed unions are on a roll in North America. That’s one reason inter-marriage is a key hope of tolerant, open-minded North Americans.Supporters of inter-marriage maintain it’s time to transcend old ethnic, cultural and religious barriers.The Cardiff researchers found, for their part, white men prefer Asian women, followed by whites and blacks.Meanwhile, a Columbia University study suggested Asian women prefer Asian men, followed by whites, Latinos and blacks.
What North Americans tend to overlook, however, is that many forces continue to work against mixed unions.