Inter racial canada dating

A social phenomenon that describes the preference -- usually among men -- for Asian partners.

Theirs is becoming an increasingly common story in Canada where mixed unions are on the rise.

According to Statistics Canada, interracial couples made up 3%, or 452,000, of Canada's married or common-law couples in 2001 -- that's up 35% since 1991.

But while the majority of respondents had no problem dealing with a taxi driver, doctor, supervisor or neighbour of another ethnicity, their response was markedly different when asked how they would feel if their child were to intermarry.

Sixteen percent say it would depend on the race, and 9 % said they would react negatively.

"People in mixed unions tend to be younger, live in urban areas, and tend to be highly educated," said Anne Milan, senior analyst at Stats Can and author of the 2004 report titled Mixed Unions.

Experts attribute the rise to Canada's growing diversity.

And some sociologists, like University of Toronto professor Monica Boyd, describe the growing trend as a barometer of social tolerance since marriage is such a binding union between two separate identities.

"Intermarrying is the last frontier in social integration," she said.

"It's an intimate act that produces the next generation.

It's one of the most important indicators of acceptance and integration into an ongoing social world." Milan's study found that the Japanese are the most likely to partner outside their group.

The long Canadian heritage of the Japanese community partially explains why they have the highest proportion of mixed unions, Milan says.