Culture influences marriage and it is helpful for practitioners to understand this influence in order to offer culturally relevant marriage education services. Although Asian Americans make up a relatively small portion of the U.S. population (4.4 percent, Census, 2002), they are highly represented in interracial marriages. Other common characteristics in Asian American households include high rates of marriage, and a larger portion of households are family households. Although the Asian American population is diverse, representing at least 16 different countries and multiple languages, there are many commonalities such as the high value placed on family. This tip sheet is designed to provide background information to marriage educators working with Asian intermarried couples as well as couples where one or both partners are Asian immigrants. (Author abstract)
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