Multi racial dating services
According to Professor Lin, "Both [multiracial] Asian-white women and men receive acceptance that are similar to those of whites.
In fact, our studies find that white and Asian men are more likely to respond to [multiracial] Asian-white women than either Asian or white women." Multiracial "Asian-white" men were also preferred by Asian American women over (monoracial) Asian men and over white men.
They dubbed this the multiracial "dividend effect." But even among the groups the researchers studied, who were all "white-minority" (versus, for example, black and Hispanic Americans), it would be an oversimplification to say all multiracial people were preferred over white people. "There are several possible explanations for the multiraciality dividends we found, and they may represent different dynamics in each case," the researchers wrote.
In a new study about to be published in "American Sociological Review," researchers from the University of Texas and University of Massachusetts examined 6.7 million initial messages sent between heterosexual women and men from 2003 to 2010 on one of the largest dating websites in the United States to see how often daters of different races received responses.
"How Asians are treated in the dating market is highly gendered," University of Texas Austin Assistant Professor of Sociology Ken-Hou Lin told NBC News, "Asian women often receive similarly favorable treatment as white women do, while Asian men experience a level of discrimination that is comparable to black men." Now, however, multiracial Asian Americans who self-identified as "Asian-white" were among the most popular of the racial groups.
The "dividend effect" played out differently among different pairings of daters.
When it comes to initial online dating preferences in America, multiracial individuals, in particular multiracial Asian Americans, have moved to the top of the racial hierarchy of dating preference patterns.