Asian guys ask me all the time: Vince: can I really date a white girl? I’m a data-driven sort of guy (gee, did you guess that I was Asian? how racist). Seriously though, according to the US census bureau, there were 219,000 marriages in 2010 in the US between Asian males and white females. That’s a huge number. While Hollywood culture doesn’t always showcase this global trend, it’s happening, whether people like it or not.
In my program Dating Without Borders, I cover some of the mental and practical techniques that these guys either learned or naturally have in attracting super cute non-Asian girls. Here are the top 14 couples that you may have heard of in interracial relationships:
1. Ilia Calderon & her Korean husband Eugene Jang
Columbian hottie and journalist (beauty and brains!?) married Korean husband Eugene Jang. In her interview she mentions that they have similar long term values, and that he’s disciplined about his life. They’ve stayed married over the years and even have a beautiful baby girl.
2. Grant Imahara and Jennifer Newman
A famous engineer that worked on movies like Star Wars and Jurassic Park, Grant is with his longtime girlfriend Jennifer Newman. She’s still a good sense of humor about the whole Asian-aging thing:
3. Will Yun Lee and Jennifer Birmingham
People think Asian actors get the shaft when it comes to the spotlight, however actor Will Yun Lee definitely landed the girl when he married Jennifer Birmingham. In October 2010, Lee married actress Jennifer Birmingham in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their first child, a son, was born in June 2013. Congrats buddy
4. Julia Stegner and Steven Pan
Fashion photographers develop relationships with models.. after all, they are his muse. Sometimes, photographers even prey on models… after all, they spend a lot of time together. Well, model Julia fell in love with her photographer, Steven Pan. According to her interview in fashion magazines… her nickname for him — Schatzi — means ‘honey’ in her native German, and when they’re not working — she’s Steven’s first assistant — they seek out surfing or snowboarding.
5. Paradorn Srichaphan and Miss Russia Natalie Glebova
We already posted about this couple in our blog. They divorced a few years ago, but the fact that he got her to move to Thailand for him is no small feat.
6. Keni Styles and his costars
Keni is probably single, but we won’t discount his various adventures with his “industry friends”. An English-born Thai porn actor, he blazed the trail for Asian American actors in the porn industry worldwide.
7. Yoyo Ma and Jill Hornor (m. 1978)
A man who once made Steve Jobs cry by playing music so purely at him home and later asked to play at Job’s funeral, music composer Yoyo Ma and legend has been married to his wife for a while:
8. Robert Kiyosaki and Kim Kiyosaki (m. 1984)
Rich Dad Poor Dad author has a beautiful wife and they’ve been dating since before his 90s success and breakout book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. Go Robert!
9. Ming Tsai Polly Tsai (m. 1995)
Chinese Ming Tsai (actually means, “famous dish” in Chinese) was married to his longtime girlfriend Polly since 1995. Opening several restaurants and being a celebrity chef on the Food Network since, the man has kept his success and composure in the public eye as a master chef and businessman.
10. Steven Chu (Nobel Prize in physics, former US Secretary of Energy) and Jean Fetter (physicist)
Two scientists who are dedicated to the cause, these 2 have been contributors to the Nobel prize and human science since their college days. Yes, there are smart blondes everywhere, they do exist.
11. Bruce Lee & Linda Cadwell Lee
The original god father of Asian celebrity in Western culture, Linda and Bruce dated during a period where they faced immense social pressure to do so. A legacy by their own right that elevates above race, Linda and Bruce’s legacy lives on in their children and grandchildren.
12. John and Kate
Ok… John is technically half korean (his mom’s side), and represents sort of the worst of America’s celebrity and reality TV obsessed culture. Nonetheless, him and Kate were married for 10 years, with 8 kids…
13. Steven Ho and Nina Petronzio
The stuntman master behind 90s movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and of Indonesian descent, Nina Petronzio, a furniture designer and entrepreneur.
14. Amy and Bill Hu
Amy and Bill aren’t particularly famous, they both hold mid-level executive jobs in the valley. But a coverage story from theknot.com put them in the spotlight – a light blonde, tanned skin mom with 2 kids and an alpha Asian husband, these 2 have some very cross cultural and interesting wedding photos.