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“Ethnic Variations in Characteristics of First Unions” 209

cohabitation and the outcome of first cohabiting union across Asian

ethnic groups. To the author’s knowledge, this issue has never been

explored in any existing studies

a topic that cannot be looked at

with the widely-used census data for examining ethnic differentials

in union characteristics of Asian Americans. Second, the detailed

information on cohabiting and marital partners collected in Add

Health also facilitates the investigation of ethnic variations in

inter-racial/ethnic partnering patterns of Asian Americans. This is

also an unanswerable question in prior studies that utilized the

census or American Community Surveys to study Asian American

families. If interracial partnering with whites is an indicator of

social distance between minority groups and the mainstream society,

East Asian Americans appear to be the most integrated group

among all Asian immigrants. Overall, the results here suggest the

importance of new data collection efforts to incorporate large

samples of Asian Americans that are representative of the diverse

immigrant population in both generational and ethnic terms. A

wider array of family characteristics and demographic indicators

should also be included so that researchers can acquire a clearer

picture of post-immigration adaptations for this fast-growing

minority group in the United States.