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Study of Intermarriage between Asian and Jewish Americans


A new study is underway of intermarriage between Asian and Jewish Americans by Helen Kim, PhD, and Noah Leavitt. The research will be published in a book that will examine the racial, ethnic, and religious identities of Asian-Jewish couples and families.

While much attention has focused on interfaith marriages between American Jews and their non-Jewish spouses, we know very little about marriages of racially and ethnically diverse couples where there is at least one Jewish partner. There is a dearth of information about Asian-Jewish families. Our project aims to fill this gap.

The research covers a wide range of subjects including childhood and adolescent experiences, family dynamics, religious and cultural practices, professional involvements, civic and community commitments.

We are looking for a wide range of participants, including those who have children, and those who do not, those who are more religiously involved, and those who are less involved, and individuals from Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian backgrounds. We are also seeking participants who have converted to Judaism, and those who have not. The questionnaire in anonymous and the Interviews are confidential.

If you are interested in being part of this study, please contact Helen Kim or Noah Leavitt at kimh2@whitman.edu or leavitns@whitman.edu. Thank you for being part of this important research.

Link to the Asian Study Survey