Race of the Minority Parent and Racial Identity of Children of Intermarried Couples

Zhenchao Qian, Ohio State University

For the first time in the census history, Americans were able to mark one or more racial categories in the 2000 Census to classify their race. How do intermarried couples identify their children's race? Using data from the 5% Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) of the 2000 U.S. Census, I examine how Black-White, Latino-White, Asian American-White, and American Indian-White couples identify their children's race. My main focus is to examine the main effect of race of the minority parent on children's racial identities and how race of the minority parent interacts with intermarried couples' characteristics and neighborhood factors.

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Presented in Session 27: Racial Identification among Mixed Heritage Americans