Asian and Black Married Couples in California

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In our latest research project on Asian and Black Married Couples in California, we gained many insights which we look forward to sharing with our readers below. California is commonly thought of as one of the most racially progressive states in the US. At the time of this article in 2016, California is one of only four states in the US where minorities account for the majority of the population with about 60% minorities. Several major California cities are already majority minority including Los Angeles (~69% minorities), Fresno (~68%), San Jose (~66%), Stockton (~65%), Riverside (~65%), Oakland (~65%), Bakersfield (~63%), San Francisco (~58%), Modesto (~55%), Sacramento (~55%), San Diego (~52%), Oxnard (~52%), and Irvine (~50%). In the 2010 census, while multi-racial people were only 2.9% of the US population, multi-racial people were ~5% of California’s population and growing rapidly.

It should come as no surprise then that California is home to more Asian and Black married couples than any other state in the US accounting for roughly 45% of the country’s Asian and Black married couples. As described in our previous article on Interracial Marriage – Asian and Blacks, Asian and Black couples are still less than 1% of all US married couples no matter how you slice the data, but California with an estimated 18,000, Black men / Asian women (BMAW) married couples accounts for roughly 42% of all US BMAW married couples, and with an estimated 4,100 Asian men / Black women (AMBW) married couples, California accounts for roughly 62% of all US AMBW married couples.

Data Sources

Before we get too far into the numbers in this article, let’s talk about our data sources. All of the data for this article comes from the US Census Bureau and most of the data comes from the 2010-2014 US Census American Community Survey (ACS) 5 Year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) for California. The US Census Bureau, is the federal government agency charged with conducting the national census every ten years, however they also conduct smaller surveys such as the American Community Survey on a more frequent basis. The PUMS data is a 5% random sample file that is available on a state by state basis. The PUMS data files are massive and unlike other census files, the PUMS data files are only distributed as “raw data” files, so typically you need lots of computing power, statistical programs and knowledge, and good understanding of census tables to make sense of the PUMS data files. To put things in perspective, most of the state PUMS files exceed the capabilities of Excel, so even though the PUMS files are freely available publicly, only the serious data jockeys like the folks at ABC will be able to make sense of these files. This also means that analyzing the PUMS data state by state is for both good and bad, the best way to process these files. The PUMS and ACS census data represent as accurate a picture of the U.S. population as possible and very few datasets can match the PUMS in terms of sample size, comprehensiveness, national coverage, and overall reliability, so as long as you have the means to process the data, the data doesn’t get any better than the ACS 5 Year PUMS census data.

A couple of other data notes are that for all of our analysis of Asians in this article, we include Pacific Islanders as part of our broader definition of Asia Pacific, so in census data terms, we include both Asian and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) when we refer to Asians. We understand that many people do not consider Pacific Islanders to be Asian, but for our purposes, Pacific Islanders and Black relationships are generally seen as Blasian couple relationships, so we include them. Also since we are looking at married individuals, we only include census data for people age 20 or above in all of our statistics.

California BMAW Marriages

Let’s start with a look at California’s BMAW marriages, then we will cover AMBW marriages with the same stats. So when it comes to BMAW couple relationships, it’s hard to beat California. The ABC blog writers are based in Southern California and we can attest that we regularly see BMAW couples when we are out and about several times a week. Our multi-ethnic church is full of Asian and Black couples and socially, it’s not unusual at all to see Asian and Black couples at the grocery store, the parks, in restaurants, and various social events. In northern California, the mayor of Sacramento, the capital of California, Kevin Johnson, African American, and his wife Michelle Rhee, Korean American (pictured in the cover photo), are one of the power BMAW married couples in the state.

BMAW Ethnicities

The general label of Black men, Asian women paints a broad brush picture, so the first question we ask is which Black men and which Asian women by ethnicity are most involved in BMAW marriages in California.

Black Men by Ethnicity in California BMAWs (with most frequently listed by group)

  • 75.3% African American
  • 7.8% Blasian (Filipino Blasian, Japanese Blasian, Chinese Blasian, other Blasians)
  • 6.8% African (Nigerian, Kenyan, Ethiopian, Ghanaian, other Africans)
  • 4.2% Black/White Biracial (Afro European, Black/American White, Creole)
  • 3.9% Afro Caribbean (Jamaican, Dominican, Haitian, Trinidadian, other Caribbean)
  • 2.0% Afro Hispanic (Afro Mexican, Afro Belizean, other Afro Hispanic)

To be clear, these are the self identified ethnicities by the Black men in the census data. As some may know, except for maybe African men, there is a good deal of racial mixing with Black men, and most African American men are believed to have some racial mixing in their heritage. It’s also interesting to see a good number Blasian men in California choosing Asian women for marriage – it makes sense.

Asian Women by Ethnicity in California BMAWs

  • 44.3% Filipino
  • 13.5% Japanese
  • 11.7% Chinese
  • 11.1% Pacific Islanders (Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, other Pacific)
  • 5.4% Thai
  • 4.7% Korean
  • 4.1% East Indian
  • 1.3% Vietnamese
  • 0.9% Pakistani
  • 0.9% Cambodian
  • 0.6% Laotian
  • 0.3% Sri Lankan
  • 0.3% Mongolian
  • 0.3% Indonesian
  • 0.3% Malaysian
  • 0.3% Taiwanese

Over 80% of the Asian women in BMAW marriages in California come from four ethnicities, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, and Pacific Islander. Also compared to the US averages for Asian women in BMAWs from our prior article on US Asian and Black marriages, California has proportionately more Filipinas, Japanese, Chinese, Pacific Islanders, and Thai in BMAW marriages. There are also proportionately fewer Koreans, East Indians, and Vietnamese in BMAW marriages in California compared to the national averages.

BMAW Education

  • Black men in BMAW marriages with Bachelor degrees = 35%
  • Asian women in BMAW marriages with Bachelor degrees = 41%
  • Black men in BMAW marriages with Graduate degrees = 13%
  • Asian women in BMAW marriages with Graduate degrees = 12%
  • Black men in BMAW marriages with PhD degrees = 2%
  • Asian women in BMAW marriages with PhD degrees = 1%

Asian women are known for being highly educated, but in California, the Black men that they marry appear to hold their own in terms of education. Across all of California, only 18% of Black men have bachelor degrees, 6% of Black men have graduate degrees, and 1% of Black men have PhDs. However, Black men in BMAW marriages hold degrees at generally twice the rate of Black men in California’s general population. Asian women in BMAW marriages have very similar education levels to Asian women in general in California where 45% hold bachelor degrees, 14% hold graduate degrees, and 2% hold PhD degrees.

BMAW Age and Income

  • Black Men Age 20s = $50.3K
  • Black Men Age 30s = $53.7K
  • Black Men Age 40s = $71.3K
  • Black Men Age 50s = $57.1K
  • Black Men Age 60s = $63.1K
  • Black Men Age 70s = $52.3K
  • Black Men Age 80+ = $49.8K
  • Average = Age 49.5 and $59.5K
  • Asian Women Age 20s = $24.4K
  • Asian Women Age 30s = $47.6K
  • Asian Women Age 40s = $42.7K
  • Asian Women Age 50s = $50.2K
  • Asian Women Age 60s = $33.3K
  • Asian Women Age 70s = $31.8K
  • Asian Women Age 80+ = $18.9K
  • Average = Age 45.4 and $42.7K

In California BMAW married couples, the Asian women are by and large marrying up financially with the Black men they marry. At every age zone, on average the Black husbands make more than their Asian wives, sometimes by very sizable margins. Across all of California, the average Black man makes $30.5K and the average Asian woman makes $33.0K, but Black men in BMAW marriages make nearly double the average Californian Black man. Asian women in BMAW marriages are clearly generally marrying higher income Black men.

BMAW Marriage Age Differences

  • Black Men Age 20s average 1.0 year younger than their Asian wife
  • Black Men Age 30s average 0.6 years older than their Asian wife
  • Black men Age 40s average 2.4 years older than their Asian wife
  • Black men Age 50s average 4.3 years older than their Asian wife
  • Black men Age 60s average 8.0 years older than their Asian wife
  • Black men Age 70s average 11.5 years older than their Asian wife
  • Black men Age 80+ average 10.3 years older than their Asian wife
  • Asian women Age 20s average 5.5 years younger than their Black husband
  • Asian women Age 30s average 4.2 years younger than their Black husband
  • Asian women Age 40s average 5.0 years younger than their Black husband
  • Asian women Age 50s average 2.7 years younger than their Black husband
  • Asian women Age 60s average 4.6 years younger than their Black husband
  • Asian women Age 70s average 2.0 years younger than their Black husband
  • Asian women Age 80+ average 1.0 year older than their Black husband

As we saw in the age and income section, the average BMAW Black husband is 49.5 years old and is on average 4.1 years older than his Asian wife who is on average 45.4 years. While BMAW Black husbands in their 20s and 30s are on average within 1 year of age of their Asian wives, with older BMAW Black husbands in their 40s and up, the husbands range from an average 2.4 years older to 11.5 years older than their Asian wives. For BMAW Asian wives though from their 20s through their 70s, they range from an average 2 years younger to 5.5 years younger than their Black husbands. Only over the age of 80, BMAW Asian wives average 1 year older than their Black husband. Younger Asian wives with older Black husbands appears to be the norm in California.

BMAW Military Experience and Foreign Nativity

  • 36% of BMAW Black Men have served in the US military
  • 3% of BMAW Asian Women have served in the US military
  • 13% of BMAW Black Men were born outside the US
  • 58% of BMAW Asian Women were born outside the US

Across all of California, 22% of all Black men have served in the military and only 1 percent of Asian women have served in the military, so Black men who marry Asian women are more likely to have served in the military. Also across all of California, only 9% of Black men are foreign born and 75% of Asian women are foreign born. So while the majority of Black men marry Asian women born outside the US, given the vast bulk of the Asian women in California were born outside the US, it’s not surprising that Californian Black men marry more foreign born Asian women.

Top Places in California for BMAW Married Couples

Percent of California BMAW Married Couples By County

  • 27.1% of California married BMAWs Live in Los Angeles County
  • 11.9% live in San Diego County
  • 9.6% live in Alameda County (Oakland)
  • 7.2% live in Sacramento County
  • 6.3% live in Contra Costa County (Concord)
  • 5.1% live in San Bernardino County
  • 4.1% live in Riverside County
  • 4.0% live in Santa Clara County (San Jose)
  • 3.5% live in Orange County (Anaheim)
  • 3.0% live in San Mateo County (Daly City)

Concentration of California BMAW Married Couples By County

  • BMAWs are 7.0 times more concentrated in Solano County (Vallejo) as California in general
  • 4.6 times more concentrated in Alameda County (Oakland)
  • 4.4 times more concentrated in Contra Costa Country (Concord)
  • 4.1 times more concentrated in Sacramento County
  • 3.8 times more concentrated in Santa Clara County (San Jose)
  • 3.5 times more concentrated in San Francisco County
  • 3.0 times more concentrated in San Joaquin County (Stockton)
  • 3.0 times more concentrated in San Diego County
  • 2.9 times more concentrated in Napa County
  • 2.8 times more concentrated in San Mateo County (Daly City)

Finally we look at the question of where will you find BMAW married couples in California. Over 50% of California’s BMAW married couples live in just four places – Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and Sacramento. When you expand the list out to the full top 10 counties shown in the first set of places above, over 80% of all California BMAW married couples live in these 10 places.

The second set of counties show us where BMAW married couples are most concentrated in California. Think of concentration as number of BMAW married couples per every 100,000 households. The higher the concentration, the more likely you are to see BMAW married couples on a regular basis in that county. Solano County in northern California, northeast of Oakland and home to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield / Vallejo, CA, is one of the most concentrated places for BMAW married couples in the country. Blasian couples and Blasian kids are approaching 1% of the total population there and Solano County is only exceeded in Blasian concentration in the US by Honolulu, Hawaii. Despite the small numbers of married BMAW couples percentage wise today, places like Solano County are leading the way and giving us a glimpse of what the future will look like.

California AMBW Marriages

Let’s look at AMBW marriages in California next. In a previous article on AMBW groups, we found that despite the prevalence of AMBW groups and blogs online, across the US there are 6.3 times as many married BMAW couples as there are married AMBW couples. California which has more AMBW marriages than any other state, has only 4.3 times as many married BMAW couples compared to married AMBW couples. All the same, just keeping things in perspective, while AMBW married couples are more prevalent in California than anywhere else in the country, they are still super rare in California with married AMBW couples only making up 0.03% of all California households.

AMBW Ethnicities

For AMBW married couples, across the US, generally there is less data available about which ethnicities are involved in AMBW marriages because the numbers are so small and are therefore often omitted. Given this lack of data, we were really looking forward to compiling the ethnicity data for AMBW married couples in California.

Asian Men by Ethnicity in California AMBWs (with most frequently listed by subgroup)

  • 31.5% Filipino
  • 15.9% Pacific Islander (Samoan, Other Pac Islander, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian)
  • 14.5% Chinese
  • 12.7% Japanese
  • 7.9% East Indian
  • 5.5% Korean
  • 3.6% Vietnamese
  • 2.4% Thai
  • 1.2% Cambodian
  • 1.2% Iranian
  • 1.2% Malaysian
  • 1.2% Pakistani
  • 0.6% Indonesian
  • 0.6% Sri Lankan

Five Asian ethnicities account for over 82% of all AMBW marriages in California – Filipino, Pacific Islander, Chinese, Japanese, and East Indian. Compared to Asian ethnicities in BMAW marriages in California, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, and East Indians are proportionately more likely to be involved in AMBW marriages.

Black Women by Ethnicity in California AMBWs (with most frequently listed by group)

  • 48.9% Blasian (Filipino Blasian, Pacific Blasian, Chinese Blasian, Japanese Blasian)
  • 30.2% African American
  • 9.4% Black/White Biracial (Afro European, Black/American White, Creole)
  • 5.1% Afro Hispanic (Afro Mexican, Afro Belizean, other Afro Hispanic)
  • 4.7% Afro Caribbean (Jamaican, Haitian, Trinidadian, other Caribbean)
  • 1.7% African (Ethiopian, other Africans)

While this may just be a California thing given the amount of interracial mixing in California in general, it was a new insight for us to see that nearly half of all California AMBW married couples are with Blasian women. This is a huge difference from California BMAW married couples where African American men make up 75% of BMAW couples and Blasian men only account for about 8% of BMAW couples. Two potential likely reasons for heavy Blasian involvement in AMBWs are a) Asian men may find it easier to approach, date, and marry Blasian women given the partially common Asian heritage, and b) a fair number (26%) of the Blasian women in AMBW marriages in California were actually born in Asia.

AMBW Education

  • Asian men in AMBW marriages with Bachelor degrees = 34%
  • Black women in AMBW marriages with Bachelor degrees = 40%
  • Asian men in AMBW marriages with Graduate degrees = 11%
  • Black women in AMBW marriages with Graduate degrees = 14%
  • Asian men in AMBW marriages with PhD degrees = 2%
  • Black women in AMBW marriages with PhD degrees = 4%

Across the board, in California AMBW marriages, Black women are generally more educated than their Asian partners. In fact when it comes to graduate and PhD degrees, Black women in AMBW marriages are also generally more educated than Asian women and Black men from BMAW marriages. In the overall California Black female population, 23% have bachelor degrees, 8% have graduate degrees, and only 1% have PhD degrees, so Asian men in AMBW marriages are generally marrying more educated Black women than the general population. Some of this however would be explained by the fact that nearly half of the Black women in AMBW marriages are Blasian, and Blasian women generally have higher educational achievement than African American women.

On the other hand, Asian men in AMBW relationships are generally less educated than the general California Asian male population where 46% have Bachelor degrees, 18% have graduate degrees, and 3% have PhD degrees.

AMBW Age and Income

  • Asian Men Age 20s = $54.1K
  • Asian Men Age 30s = $58.7K
  • Asian Men Age 40s = $71.3K
  • Asian Men Age 50s = $61.4K
  • Asian Men Age 60s = $43.1K
  • Asian Men Age 70s = $55.1K
  • Asian Men Age 80+ = $27.4K
  • Average = Age 46.6 and $59.3K
  • Black Women Age 20s = $19.0K
  • Black Women Age 30s = $44.0K
  • Black Women Age 40s = $38.8K
  • Black Women Age 50s = $47.2K
  • Black Women Age 60s = $35.3K
  • Black Women Age 70s = $19.5K
  • Black Women Age 80+ = $ 8.5K
  • Average = Age 45.1 and $38.4K

Across all of California, the average Asian man makes $51.3K and the average Black woman makes $28.8K, so both Asian men and Black women in AMBW marriages make more than their California peer groups. Despite Black women in California AMBW marriages generally having more education than their Asian partners, the Asian husbands generally earn considerably more than their Black wives at every age zone. Overall on average, the Asian husbands earn nearly $21K or 54% more than their Black wives. This compares to California BMAW marriages where Black husbands earn nearly $17K or 39% more than their Asian wives on average.

With the larger income gap between Asian husbands and their Black wives, we wondered if some of this income gap might be due to more Black women staying home as housewives, but when checking the data, we found that 13% of Black women in AMBW marriages did not bring in any income compared to a slightly higher 15% of Asian women in BMAW marriages not bringing in any income. So the percent of Black women staying home does not seem to explain the income gap between Asian husbands and their generally higher educated Black wives. One other interesting stat we found was that in AMBW couples where the Black wife did not bring in any income, the Asian husbands in these marriages made $63.5K on average, while in BMAW couples where the Asian wife did not bring in income, the Black husbands in those marriages made $67.4K on average, which could help explain why slightly higher percentages of Asian women in BMAW marriages did not work, compared to Black women in AMBW marriages.

AMBW Marriage Age Differences

  • Asian men Age 20s average 0.7 year younger than their Black wife
  • Asian men Age 30s average 0.1 years older than their Black wife
  • Asian men Age 40s average 1.1 years older than their Black wife
  • Asian men Age 50s average 2.0 years older than their Black wife
  • Asian men Age 60s average 3.9 years older than their Black wife
  • Asian men Age 70s average 5.9 years older than their Black wife
  • Asian men Age 80+ average 8.3 years older than their Black wife
  • Black women Age 20s average 3.0 years younger than their Asian husband
  • Black women Age 30s average 3.7 years younger than their Asian husband
  • Black women Age 40s average 1.2 years younger than their Asian husband
  • Black women Age 50s average 1.1 years older than their Asian husband
  • Black women Age 60s average 0.9 years younger than their Asian husband
  • Black women Age 70s average 0.4 years younger than their Asian husband
  • Black women Age 80+ average 1.0 year younger than their Asian husband

As shown in the income by age section above, on average the Asian husband is 1.5 years older than their Black wife. Also in general Black women are generally less than 4 years younger than their Asian husbands in their 20s and 30s and within 1 year of their Asian husband in their 40s and beyond. For Asian men, except for the 70s and above, they are generally within 4 years of their wife.

AMBW Military Experience and Foreign Nativity

  • 18% of AMBW Asian Men have served in the US military
  • 6% of AMBW Black Women have served in the US military
  • 43% of AMBW Asian Men were born outside the US
  • 26% of AMBW Black Women were born outside the US

Across all of California, 7% of Asian men and 3% of Black women have served in the US military, so the percentage of AMBW Asian men and Black women serving in the military is at least double the rate of California’s general population in both cases. Military service seems to be proportionately higher for both BMAW and AMBW couples.

Asian men across all of California are 75% foreign born while Black women across all of California are only 9% foreign born. However AMBW Black women are more likely to marry US born Asian men, while Asian men are roughly 3 times more likely to marry a foreign born Black woman than the general percentage of foreign born Black women found in California. Double clicking further on the 26% of AMBW Black women born overseas, we find that 50% of them are Blasian women who were born in Asia and later migrated to the US with a pretty even split among the Blasian women born in Japan, Philippines, and China. It is common for Blasian couples with kids in Asia to move to the US to give their Blasian children a more multicultural experience in the US.

Top Places in California for AMBW Married Couples

Percent of California AMBW Married Couples By County

  • 28.0% of California AMBWs Live in Los Angeles County
  • 10.6% live in San Diego County
  • 8.7% live in Contra Costa County (Concord)
  • 7.2% live in San Bernardino County
  • 6.8% live in Sacramento County
  • 5.8% live in Alameda County (Oakland)
  • 5.3% live in Orange County (Anaheim)
  • 4.8% live in Santa Clara County (San Jose)
  • 3.9% live in Riverside County
  • 3.4% live in San Joaquin County (Stockton)
  • 3.4% live in San Mateo County (Daly City)
  • 2.9% live in San Francisco County

Concentration of California AMBW Married Couples By County

  • AMBWs are 5.6 times more concentrated in Contra Costa Country (Concord) as California in general
  • 4.2 times more concentrated in Santa Clara County (San Jose)
  • 3.9 times more concentrated in Solano County (Vallejo)
  • 3.8 times more concentrated in San Joaquin County (Stockton)
  • 3.5 times more concentrated in Sacramento County

The twelve counties listed above account for over 90% of the AMBW married couples in California, with the top four counties – Los Angeles, San Diego, Contra Costa, and San Bernardino – making up over 50% of the total. In terms of concentration, the numbers are tiny everywhere, but Contra Costa county, (located northeast of Oakland), shows the highest concentration of AMBW married couples in California.

Summary

BMAW married couples in California appear to be very well matched in terms of education and income, and appear to be doing well as couples. We were struck by several facts from the data about California BMAW married couples, some of which may challenge conventional thinking about BMAW couples:

  • California Asian women tend to marry Black men with more education and higher income than the Black male general population
  • Military service continues to be a common factor for Black men marrying Asian women
  • California Asian women marry far more African American men than biracial Black men
  • California Black men marry more foreign born Asian women than American born Asian women
  • California Black men tend to marry Asian women with education similar to the Asian female general population and income above the Asian female general population
  • California has proportionately more Filipinas, Japanese, Chinese, Pacific Islanders, and Thai in BMAW marriages than the US in general
  • California also has proportionately fewer Koreans, East Indians, and Vietnamese in BMAW marriages than the US in general
  • California Black men tend to be older than their Asian wives by 4.1 years on average with much larger age differences for older Black men married to Asian women
  • The top places to find BMAW married couples in California are Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and Sacramento
  • California BMAW married couples are most concentrated in Solano County (Vallejo), which is located between Sacramento and Oakland, where they account for nearly 1% of the households there.

For AMBWs, California is home to more AMBWs than anywhere else in the country, so while the statewide numbers of AMBW marriages are statistically sound, they are still very tiny compared to California’s population in total. Here are our key takeaways for AMBW marriages in California:

  • Almost half of California’s AMBW marriages are with Blasian women
  • California Asian men marry more foreign born Black women than we expected and half of the foreign born Black women in AMBW marriages were born in Asia and are Blasian
  • Over 82% of California’s AMBW marriages are with Filipino, Pacific Islander, Chinese, Japanese, and East Indian men.
  • Compared to BMAW marriages in California, Pacific Islanders, Chinese, and East Indians are proportionately more likely to be involved in AMBW marriages.
  • California Black women marry more American born Asian men even though there are more foreign born Asian men in California’s general population
  • Black women in AMBW marriages are more educated than California’s general Black female population, but the Asian men in AMBW marriages are less educated than California’s general Asian male population.
  • While Black women in AMBW marriages tend to be more educated than their Asian husbands, and on average make more than the general California Black female population, they also make considerably less income than their Asian husbands
  • Asian husbands and Black wives tend to be much closer in age than BMAW couples with only a 1.5 year age gap on average
  • The top places to find AMBW married couples in California are Los Angeles, San Diego, Contra Costa county (northeast of Oakland), and San Bernardino county (east of LA, north of Riverside).

Check out our ABC analysis of Asian and Black Married Couples in New York in this link.

For us at ABC, California was a natural place to start our analysis, but we have now also analyzed Asian and Black married couples in New York which serves as a good east coast comparison to the west coast California data in this article. To our knowledge, ABC is proud to be the first group to ever publicly analyze Asian and Black marriages in the level of detail presented here in this article. This project has been on our to do list for a while now and we are happy to add to the knowledge base of Asian and Black couples. We hope you find this information helpful and as always, we welcome your thoughts and questions below in the comments.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. What a huge work you have done here! Congratulations guys… And thank you!
    Actually few things are kind of mysterious like the salary gap between Asian men and Black women in AMBW couples whereas Black women are more educated..but all datas give us a good idea about blasian married couple in California and in USA in general..
    I visited New York few years ago, and I was surprised to see many young blasian couple walking by the street, but I dont know if many of them were married. So that will be interesting to do a study about that city as well..
    Anyway keep it up guys…

    • Thank you for the kind words. Agree that there must be more to the story on the income disparity between Asian men and Black women, but as long as they are happy, that’s all that matters. Looking forward to see what we learn about New York Blasian couples and how they contrast to Cali Blasian couples. Thanks for the support!

  2. Rhee was formerly married to a white male and had two kids with him; the children attended Johnson and Rhee’s wedding. It seems that Johnson and Rhee had known each other for a long time before they got married, so I wonder why they didn’t tie the knot years ago? They postponed their wedding (due to media intrusion, I think) for one year before marrying in Tennessee (where the ex spouse just so happens to reside).

    I remember seeing a news article about them online showing a photo of the couple holding hands as they walked down the streets of a city in Idaho or some other predominately white northwestern state. To me this was very bold because it showed that Johnson and Rhee are just as American as any other married couple (whether interracial or same race). Rhee is still of reproductive age; perhaps she and her husband Kevin will have some black hapa (blasian) children. 🙂

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