There are just a few other theories that I would like to go over. The first is the idea that often Asian women are reluctant to date Asian men because of the difference in cultural values. Many Asian cultures are highly patriarchal, whereas American society is open to a leading woman. Another respondent from Lee’s study puts it this way:
"I haven’t really been attracted to any Korean men and it’s more because of attitude than anything else. Because they are very…they are the kings of their family and they have no reason to change. It doesn’t get any better for them than it already is. Whereas change is good for us, as women, because it only gets better from the Korean concept of what a woman is supposed to be." (300)
Secondly, it has also been posited that people may marry someone of another race because it might ensure upward social mobility; or in a similar vein, that marrying someone white is the ultimate form of assimilation. However, there is some disagreement about this theory because it degrades people’s capacity to marry for love. In addition, given that much of the data on interracial marriages from Asian Americans in the middle class, it is even more unlikely that this theory could apply to any large number of people.