For instance, there are many instances of Jewish men marrying Hindu and Buddhist women, but quite inexplicably the same cannot be said about Jewish women opting for Hindu or Buddhist men.
Similarly, there is no evidence of white men who are unencumbered by racial considerations preferring Muslim women, although they possess the qualities that are much sought after by such men -- obedience and fidelity.
It is also quite possible that white women summarily exclude from their romantic pursuits Muslim men, who form a sizable segment of the Asian-American population that includes Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Central Asians, Arabs, Persians and an assortment of South East Asians.
While apathy and animosity toward Muslim men can be explained away, however imprecisely, given the political environment in the U. since the 9/11 terror attacks, religion seems to play curious, even if inconsistent and often contradictory, role in social relationships.
Although they invariably factor in romantic preferences, none of the surveys I've cursorily checked paid adequate attention to white women's preference or lack thereof to physical characteristics and attributes of Asian men.
It would have been interesting to know how they viewed the Mongoloid and Caucasian features and physique of East Asian and East Indians respectively.
The enviable standing of black men in sports and music -- two major preoccupations of American life -- also gives them an advantage over Asian men, who are conspicuously absent in American popular culture.
Yet, judging by the lack of Asian Male interracial couples, we are still not viewed as a viable choice.
No one would want to be in the shoes of a black man in America. Having the highest incarceration and unemployment rates, not to mention a reputation for violent behavior and drug use, black males are the most stereotyped segment of American demography. Apparently Asian men are actually worse off than their black counterparts, at least in one category -- dating preferences of white American women.
And Chinese, Korean and Indian students, be it in school or college, are invariably classified as nerds -- hardly a "cool" category that generates dating buzz among females, particularly during the "vampire-chick-lit" phase they inexplicably go through.
It is also interesting that the very reasons why Asian women are sought after by white men who care to date or marry outside their racial confines, are conversely the reasons why Asian men are probably excluded from white female preferences.