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The couple say they rarely even take notice when they see other interracial couples, but there are exceptions. You don't see it often. While South Asians and Chinese represent the two largest visible minority groups in Canada, the National Household Survey shows that they are the least represented in mixed unions. The survey also suggests that about 85 per cent of Canada's mixed unions involve a person from a visible minority group and a white person, as opposed to two people of colour, a revealing stat that hints at the discrimination between minorities.
For instance, South Asian or Chinese parents are sometimes willing to accept a mixed union between their child and someone white. But bringing home a Black partner could make them go nuclear. That sort of racial hierarchy, passed down from colonial times, is not just in the mindset of parents. A younger generation shares those biases. Dating site OKCupid has been reporting its users' racial preferences for years. Those people of colour willing to date outside their race show a strong preference for whites and a troubling disinterest in Blacks and South Asians.
So, yeah, even interracial dating preferences can be racist. They've travelled the world and noticed that shade toward interracial couples comes in all sorts of accents. During their honeymoon in Antigua, some of the hotel staff had a hard time serving a West Indian man who'd married a white woman. They list a number of racist moments: Getting off a train in Sydney, the couple noticed a construction worker watching them and moving their way as they crossed the platform toward the escalator.
He just stared me down the whole escalator ride. I stood my ground and waited till we got off for him to move along. Every shade of beige, brown, yellow and white were all together as couples. It made me really happy to see that kind of progress. Joanne is Chinese and the youngest sibling in a family that had already broken down the interracial barriers.
But Ari knew his parents thought only a Tamil girl could treat him right. And he was also aware that his dad would worry about what shade the monolithic Tamil community in Toronto might throw at a prodigal son who married out.
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When Ari announced his plan to move in with Joanne, with nuptials to follow, his mother cried. But that just took Ari and Joanne to the next cultural battleground: Anyone who's been to a South Asian wedding knows it involves an elaborate showcase and infinite guest list, something the young couple refused to shoulder.
The couple instead set up a lovely, intimate, non-denominational ceremony last May with 75 close friends and family.
They also gave Ari's parents the opportunity to host a follow-up reception to their liking, provided the parents covered those costs. It's so nice to hear that others had to suffer about haggling over guest lists, multiple meetings about what tradition or religious deeds needed to be abandoned and why the traditional red sari must be ditched. Putting on a sari isn't like putting on a dress and zipping it up.
It's a two-person job. It meant she had to disappear for 45 minutes during our reception, just as the party was jumping off with some sick soca. Their wedding s are behind them, so I warn Ari and Joanne about the final cultural real estate: Everyone has an opinion on the customs and lessons you must instill. They don't have to deal with that now. Ari's parents have yet to visit their home, but the couple are happy to report some warming-up to Joanne.
If you kill them with kindness, what are they going to do? They gave him an ultimatum: Almost five years earlier, Arminder was ready for a traditional arranged marriage to a Sikh girl. Tania, from El Salvador, was open to a relationship with just about anybody but had never imagined dating a Sikh guy. The two worked at a factory putting together circuit boards. Tania's embarrassed to admit she used to make "terrorist" jokes about Arminder's turban and long beard.
He trims it now. But after a year of lunchroom chats, a relationship bloomed. They knew things would be difficult. Tania's older sister warned her that Arminder could leave her if his parents force an arranged marriage on him something that sadly does happen.
She trusted him anyway. When Arminder told his parents about the relationship after three years of hiding it, they forbade it. The couple pretended to break up, and Arminder worked toward a stable career so they'd consider him responsible enough to make his own decisions.
They hid their relationship for another year - until it got too big to hide, precipitating the break with his family. Though they moved into their own space, the couple ended up not getting married, because Arminder didn't want a ceremony that fell short of what he'd hoped for.
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He may have broken from his family, but Arminder never let go of his heritage. After a couple of months, Tania insisted it was time their child met her grandparents. Arminder refused to go without her. He called his mother, the decision-maker in a patriarchal household, and she agreed to welcome the new family into her home. It was the first time Tania had ever met them. We have so many pictures of that day, with Arminder's mom holding my daughter and just staring at her face.
The grandparents took on babysitting duties. And when Tania was expecting her second daughter, Arminder's parents invited the couple to move in. There was some reluctance. They wanted their kids and grandkids to have the same upbringing and beliefs.
That's the kind of thing you pass down from generations. No matter what colour or religion you come from, I think every parent and grandparent wants that. When they experienced racism themselves in the school system, they didn't want to tarnish their parents' experience of race, assuming that it was fairly pristine simply because it was never discussed in the household. And so a chasm was created. It's why today, so many of these now-grown-up mixed-race people are very upfront with their own kids, talking through the racism they have experienced.
Beyond parenting, what happens between people in interracial relationships when they struggle with racist family members, or encounter stares or slurs in public?
It corrodes the trust that can exist between them because of misunderstandings. And it becomes very tiring for the person of colour always to be explaining to the person who is white the challenges that they face, explaining, "This is what it's like for me. These are the consequences of the choices that we're making that I have to face in my community.
Story continues below advertisement It's only through partnering and being on a really deeply intimate level with somebody that we see how they live out their lives. For people who are not racialized on a day-to-day basis — people who are white — they see how the person of colour experiences race every single day. They understand the racial gaze a lot more. Having that window is really interesting and it's key for the white person.
They get to experience a whole different dimension of how race is lived out in Canadian society. Let's turn to mixed-race Canadians: What type of decision-making goes into how they choose to partner up in this country? We have very little information about how people who are mixed — like myself, I'm Indian and Iranian — approach dating. Most of the research has been about monoracial people, however you define that, because of course that's a mythology too: We're all mixed in some way, but we tend to forget that.
What I found interviewing women of mixed race in Toronto is that they changed who they decided to partner with over time. A lot of mixed-race women between the ages of 16 and 20 tend to look for partners who are white. A lot of it has to do with the kind of internalized racism they felt when they're younger. They want to become more white because they saw it as much more appealing racial group to identify with. But then something happens between their university years: They start looking for somebody from their more racialized side, meaning if they're Asian white, they try to find an Asian partner, or if they're black and white, they choose a black partner.
That pattern sticks around until they're about Then around 29, something else happens: They recognize that choosing a partner is about so much more than basing it on their racial category. They choose partners because they enjoy the same kind of music, hobbies or passions. These are the partnerships that tend to stick. Story continues below advertisement It's heartening to hear that what people ultimately land on goes beyond race.
It shows how the backdrop of living and growing up in a multicultural country influences how they think about racial categories and the choices that they make in partnering up. We hear that patronizing gushing, that mixed-race babies are the most beautiful babies. How does this bode for new generations of mixed-race Canadians? On the one hand, mixed-race people are caught in the mythology of, "Oh no! What about the children? How are they going to survive coming out of an interracial relationship?
They have the best of worlds" — this notion that they have access to everything and are the world's national, rational ambassadors with a foot in all these different camps. It's so much more complicated than that. The only thing that mixed-race people have in common, if they look racially ambiguous, is an understanding of the fluidity of the cultural capital that they have moving through the world.