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Is There Evidence of "Whitening" For Asian/White Multiracial People in Britain?

Song, Miri (2019) Is There Evidence of "Whitening" For Asian/White Multiracial People in Britain? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, . ISSN 1369-183X. E-ISSN 1469-9451. (doi:10.1080/1369183X.2019.1654163) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:70579)

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Growing rates of interracial unions in multi-ethnic societies such as Britain are notable, and point to significant changes in the blurring and possibly shifting nature of ethnic and racial boundaries. Asian Americans who partner with White Americans are assumed to engage in “whitening” – both in terms of their aspirations and their social consequences. Yet little is still known about the aftermath of intermarriage, even in the USA. Drawing on this US literature, this paper considers the whitening thesis in relation to multiracial people in Britain, with a particular focus on Asian/White multiracial people. I draw upon the findings of two British studies – one of multiracial young people in higher education (Aspinall & Song 2013), and another of multiracial people who are parents (Song 2017) – to explore these questions. I argue that conceptualizations of part Asian people (in the USA) as leaning toward their White heritages are often unsubstantiated, and deduced primarily from one key factor: their high rates of intermarriage with White spouses. In addition to the variable ways in which part Asian people may relate to their minority and White ancestries, we must consider the ambivalence, tensions, and contextually variable identifications and practices adopted by multiracial people.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1654163
Uncontrolled keywords: multiracial, Asian/White, intermarriage, Britain, whitening
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Miri Song
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2018 15:34 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:18 UTC
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