What About Us?

One rather consistent complain in comments in the interracial dating thread is lack of talk about how Asian-Americans fit into this. The lack of talk comes from the fact that while I've spent most of my life thinking about and living around black people, I can't really say the same about Asian-Americans. I certainly can't say the same about Asian-Americans and interracial dating. Beyond the basic stats, it just isn't something I know a lot about. Having watched people use stats to butcher the reality of black lives in this country, I find it likely that I might do the same thing.


That said, there is no real reason why this space should be limited to what I do and don't know--especially when I have so many smart commenters. So here's what we'll do: Tired of hearing about black and white people? Fair enough. Here's a space for folks to tackle the conversation around interracial dating from the perspective of Asian-Americans. 

So, here it is--a kind of guided open thread. As we say at noon, it's yours. Sorta.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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