Every so often, we here at 8Asians get e-mails asking for advice. Here is one such e-mail received last week:
I found this quote on Andrew Sullivan’s blog: “a large majority of Japanese-Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s have one non-Japanese parent, usually of European origin.”
Any idea if this is true?
The simple answer is yes. But let’s examine the data, after the jump.
According to an abstract titled, “The Japanese American Family,” by Arthur Sakamoto. ChangHwan Kim, Isao Takei, “45.0% of marital J-A families involve intermarriage with a White. The percentage would be increased to 48.5% if foreign-born Whites (i.e., IWhites) were added to that figure.”
Here is the breakdown of Japanese families in the United States.
48.5% may seem low. But if you examine the numbers, you’ll see that it is a little misleading. According to same abstract, the average age of a Japanese American family with both couples who are Japanese American (NB) is 63.895% (see table below). In other words, the vast majority of younger people/families with people of Japanese ancestry contain only one person who is of Japanese descent.