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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.

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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. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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