The Ajit Weekly, for instance, publishes scores of personal ads in which parents of a particular cultural Sikh group from northern India, the “Jats,” routinely seek a “Jat Sikh” partner for offspring.There are even more subtle shifts – involving demographics – working against mixed unions.Tragically, in some ultraconservative ethnic cultures, opposition to inter-ethnic marriages exists in the form of so-called “honour killings.” In “honour killings,” fathers, mothers and other family members feel entitled to murder young females who dare to experiment with liberal ways regarding relationships, including dating outside their ethnic group.

Stats Can figures show the proportion of mixed unions among ethnic group members actually goes down in large Canadian cities.

And that’s where the vast majority of visible minorities live.

The Cardiff researchers found, for their part, white men prefer Asian women, followed by whites and blacks.

Meanwhile, a Columbia University study suggested Asian women prefer Asian men, followed by whites, Latinos and blacks.

In Canada, the visible minority groups most likely to partner outside their background are ethnic Japanese, followed by Latin Americans, blacks and Southeast Asians.

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There is no doubt more Canadians are having wedding rituals that blend traditions, clergy and officials from multiple spiritual world views.

Even though Stats Can’s data on inter-faith marriages is old, it shows 19 per cent of couples were in interfaith relationships in 2001. Despite this, there remains resistance to interfaith weddings.

What North Americans tend to overlook, however, is that many forces continue to work against mixed unions.