Racing Romance: Love, Power, and Desire Among Asian American/ White Couples by Kumiko NemotoRacing Romance: Love, Power, and Desire Among Asian American/ White Couples by Kumiko Nemoto

Racing Romance: Love, Power, and Desire Among Asian American/ White Couples

byKumiko Nemoto

Paperback | August 7, 2009

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Despite being far from the norm, interracial relationships are more popular than ever. Racing Romance sheds special light on the bonds between whites and Asian Americans, an important topic that has not garnered well-deserved attention until now. Incorporating life-history narratives and interviews with those currently or previously involved with an interracial partner, Kumiko Nemoto addresses the contradictions and tensions--a result of race, class, and gender--that Asian Americans and whites experience.

Similar to black/white relationships, stereotypes have long played crucial roles in Asian American/white encounters. Partners grapple with media representations of Asian women as submissive or hypersexual and Asian men are often portrayed as weak laborers or powerful martial artists. Racing Romance reveals how allegedly progressive interracial relationships remain firmly shaped by the logic of patriarchy and gender inherent to the ideal of marriage, family, and nation in America, even as this ideal is juxtaposed with discourses of multiculturalism and color blindness.

Title:Racing Romance: Love, Power, and Desire Among Asian American/ White CouplesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 7, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813545331

ISBN - 13:9780813545332

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Interracial Relationships
Part I Asian American Women with White Men
The Good Wife
A Woman Ascending
Part II Asian American Men with White Women
A Man's Place
Playing the Man
Men Alone
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"In Racing Romance, Kumiko Nemoto shows that race (and gender) considerations profoundly affect the desires and choices of whites and Asian Americans when they intermarry. Although many of the couples she interviewed claimed to be 'color-blind,' Nemoto painstakingly demonstrates how racism shapes their narratives of identity, love, and family. Bravo!"Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States