How Common Are Interracial Relationships
Interracial relationships are a lot more common than you’d think these days. We live in a diverse society with people of different origins sharing the same values. We fall in love with people’s values, not their ethnicity. In the US, interracial relationships have become very common in this century, as more and more immigrants from abroad settle their lives here in the US, and sharing the same values we uphold.
Your parents must have told you this when they were growing up, their classes were predominantly filled with white kids and a few black kids. But these days, white kids aren’t the majority in class. It’s so diverse that you can probably find students representing each continent in class.
We celebrate our diversity, we are different yet we are one. Many celebrities have shown us interracial relationships and marriages are equally beautiful and unique and open up more people to accept the idea that you don’t have to only look for people of your own race. Let’s check out these 8 amazing power couples who are married to an Asian partner today!
1. Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
The youngest of the Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas has been well-adorned by fans for his caring, goofy nature. What’s gotten Jonas in the spotlight was his marriage to the Indian singer and actress Priyanka Chopra. Jonas turned the media upside down and made people on the internet go crazy when he announced he was marrying Chopra.
The two wedded in Dec 2018 and everyone was curious about how this marriage would go since Chopra is from India, people wonder how they would deal with the cultural differences and value clashes. Jonas has proven that all the worrying is for nothing. He has been happily married to Chopra for the past year and the two have actively stated how they make it work, given being born in countries sharing some completely different values.
The key is to accept and understand. Just like every other marriage. Jonas flew to India for the wedding, showing the world the fascination of that place.
2. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
The legendary Facebook founder helped millions and very possibly, billions of people to connect all around the world. This app is so relevant and useful that 99% of people in this generation can’t live without it. Naturally, thanks to the success of this wonderful app, the love story of the founder of this no.1 app is just as attractive.
Zuckerberg and Chan met at a frat party at Harvard when they were both studying there. They soon fell in love and began dating in 2003. They went through the lows together and now they are sharing their success together.
Zuckerberg is of European descent and was raised Jewish while Chan is of Chinese descent. Both were born and raised in the US and found similar interests and share the same values. Both enjoy doing charity so much that they promised to donate 99% of the Facebook share for good, not leaving behind much for their own children. They fought their way to get where they are and that’s why people look up to them.
3. Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg
Who’s more romantic than filming a romantic comedy with your husband in real life? Well, that’s what this couple did! Chung and Greenberg began dating in 2012 and got engaged in 2013 when Greenberg proposed to her with a song he wrote.
Chung is a Korean American actress and her counterpart is an American actor. In 2015, the couple starred in the rom-com It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong and traveled to Hong Kong together for the film, very romantic work for the couple. They officially wedded on Oct 31, 2015, and have been happily married since.
4. Harry Shum Jr. and Shelby Rabara
You know him from all the Step Up movies, Shum Jr. is a Costa Rican born actor of Chinese descent and Rabara is of Pilipino descent. They began dating in 2007 and got engaged in 2013. After being together for nearly 8 years, the two finally tied the knot in 2015.
Shum Jr. alsok to social media to share the joy with the internet in Nov 2018 that the couple was expecting their first child, a baby girl, who arrived in Mar 2019. It’s not the first time two people fell in love while working in the same industry and it sure won’t be last. It’s always beautiful about how people are more easily attracted to people in the same field because of the similarities they share, just like this couple.
5. Kevin James and Steffiana de la Cruz
Comedian Kevin James has been happily married to his Filipina another half for 15 years now. They have been through tough times together and they are still sticking up for each other. James has openly admitted that he has gone through some dark times during his career and his wife and kids were his only motivation to stay alive and fight.
James often credits his wife for his inspiration and success, saying that without his wife, he wouldn’t be as strong as he is and stands where he stands today. De la Cruz is not as active in the film industry as her husband, having four children together, she resides to a more housewife style while James reminds a pillar of the comedy sector in Hollywood.
6. Michelle Yeoh and Jean Todt
Source: Channel News Asia
The famous Malaysian actress is proudly and happily engaged to the Formula 1 pillar Jean Todt, since 2008, though not married. Todt started as a French rally race driver before making his way up to the top. Yeoh also struggled to shine when she first got into the industry. Both got each other through the toughest starting times.
Now both of them have their own successful career and are proud to be with each other. Yeoh often refers to her husband as her support and her muse when she feels stuck. The difference in origins never was an obstacle for them. They handled it like how couples with the same origins would, you work through your differences and stick with each other.
7. Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie
Aside from all the movies you see him in, Harrelson is also famous for having a convicted hitman father, not the nicest picture someone can pick for one’s childhood, but it’s the reality for Harrelson. He starred in many movie projects, franchises, and independent productions. He has made his seat in Hollywood, even if he is not one of the top A-list stars.
What’s also drama-like in his life is his love life. Harrelson married his Hawaiian wife of Asian decent Louie in 2008. They met in 1987 when Louie worked as his personal assistant. Now 20 years is a long time to get to know someone before getting married, and she was his personal assistant. Isn’t that just plot straight out of a rom-com? They now reside in Hawaii together with their lovely kids.
8. Wesley Snipes and Nakyung Park
The martial arts prodigy married his South Korean half Park in 2003 and the couple share 4 kids together. Snipes has faced allegations of domestic violence from his past and Park salsod by his side amid the scandals. Although some of you may only have heard of Snipes because of the scandals, Park made sure that you would also know how she alsok his side and gave him complete trust in all this.
Snipes is known for his martial arts work, gaining international recognition many times and have worked with many A-list stars in his field. He often takes his wife to public events such as the red carpet and premieres to show her off. He is definitely one proud husband to his Korean wife.
How does it feel knowing that many celebrities are happily married to their Asian half? Love stories don’t always go the way you expect it to. Most people tend to get attracted to people of their own race because it feels more familiar and comfortable. But for others, they get attracted to people of a different race because it’s more exciting and exotic, but most essentially, we are attracted to good people that take care of us.
These 8 celeb couples have shown you how proud and happy they are being married to their Asian half. Despite having cultural differences at times, it’s not an excuse to not love someone. Every couple faces differences, not only interracial couples. You just have to work through problems like all couples in the world do. Let’s hope these strong 8 celeb power couples have instilled some faith in you about interracial relationships and marriages!
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé