by Jamie Stern
Love is universal—but we already know that! This isn’t something new—it’s been around for a very long time. We know that love enriches lives. We know that love sometimes complicates lives! And still we gravitate toward love because it makes life more fun, more interesting, more comforting and more exciting. Love gives strength and love is strength! Love is that essential experience that makes humanity whole. It allows sympathetic and emphatic hearts to reach out to others. Love allows a wealth of emotions to be possible. Love is beautiful and comes in a variety of forms: love between a parent and child or between siblings, love between spouses and significant others, love for one’s pet, love for a friend and so much more. This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate the Indo community whose strength is firmly rooted in love.
It’s no secret that Indos have an enormous capacity to love. It’s just who we are! While analyzing the 2012 Indo Survey results, patterns of Indos finding romantic love outside of the Indo community (in the United States) began to emerge. Clearly this is directly related to the Indo diaspora and the necessity for our families to assimilate in their new homelands. Our culture’s turbulent past set us on paths that have allowed for countless beautiful unions to occur between Indos and non-Indos. This Valentine’s Day, let’s also celebrate the diverse group of non-Indos who are madly in love with us.
The Heritage of the Entire Survey Population’s Spouses
|Indo||15.3% of Indos married other Indos. This is especially common among the first-generation.|
|Dutch||7.1% of Indos married a Dutch person, which is common in the first-generation and typical of the second-generation who were either raised in the Netherlands or spent a portion of their childhood there.|
|Indonesian||1.7% of Indos married an Indonesian.|
|American||46.5% of Indos married Americans which is very common in the second-generation who spent their childhood in the US. This is also very common among the third-generation because the majority of them were born in the US. An analysis was conducted to find out what the American category was culturally and ethnically comprised of. The majority of the respondents said extractions from: French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Polish and Swedish.|
|Jewish||3% of Indos (all female) have married Jewish men. This is a small trend that deserves attention because it demonstrates the possibility of two completely different cultures being able to complement each other in a marriage union.|
|European||15.8% of Indos married a European person.|
|Asian||1.9% of Indos married an Asian person.|
|Indian||0.5% of Indos married an Indian person.|
|Native American||3.3% of Indos married a person with Native American heritage.|
|African American||1.6% of Indos married an African American person.|
|Middle Eastern||0.9% of Indos married a Middle Eastern person.|
|Mexican||2.4% of Indos married a Mexican person which was very common among the younger second-generation Indos as well as the third-generation Indos.|
The overall survey group was divided into Second Generation responses and Third Generation responses. Below are heart shaped pie charts (not to scale) demonstrating the distribution
And a poem, to wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!