About three in 10, or 29 percent, of Asian newlyweds living in the U. entered an interracial marriage in 2015, according to the report.Of those marriages, 27 percent included spouses from Hispanic or Latino decent.More broadly, the couple is concerned about how their children might be treated by law enforcement.Along with a talk about the birds and bees, they will have to talk about what to do when stopped by police."Being in an interracial marriage did open my eyes to things like that that I never would have thought about," Erik Gregersen said.
Some of her biracial friends had much worse experiences, she said, having their hair cut off or being beaten up.
Her 8-year-old daughter was the only African-American she saw in her class."I was seeing the world through her eyes for the first time," Gregersen said.
"It's important for children to see a reflection of themselves, to see the beauty in themselves and know they're not odd."Gregersen, who is black, and her husband, Erik, who is white, don't make a big deal out of living as a biracial couple in Elmhurst.
One measure reflecting the shift is that, according to a Pew poll, the percentage of non-blacks who said they'd oppose a relative marrying a black person dropped from 63 percent in 1990 to 14 percent in 2016. are by far the most likely to marry someone of a different race or ethnicity.
The Chicago metropolitan area's rate of interracial marriages is 19 percent, slightly higher than the national rate of 16 percent, according to the study. Almost one-third of married Asian-Americans and about a quarter of married Hispanics are married to a person of a different race or gender, according to the study.