British Asians seem to be an insular lot. This is what a survey conducted by ICM Research for BBC’s Asian network indicates.
The survey found that 44 per cent of Asians aged between 16 and 34 would rather marry someone from their own community compared to just nine per cent of white British respondents who feel the same way when it comes to marriage.
On the issue of homosexuality, five times as many Asians compared to whites considered it immoral. The survey reveals that British Asians hold dramatically different attitudes to friends and relationships compared to white members of society. <b1>
Eighty-seven per cent of white people said they would consider a mixed marriage but only 53 per cent of Asians felt the same. While 83 per cent of white respondents would consider going out with a black person, just 44 per cent of Asians would do so.
The percentage of Gujaratis marrying within the community would be highest. Even though many young ones have been born in Britain and studied in private schools, most are deeply influenced by their community's culture and strike better rapports with fellow Gujaratis.
HT was told of the case of a 19-year-old Gujarati girl whose parents drop her to a party and pick her up before 8 pm.
Most Indians born into prosperous NRI families tend to marry in India. But it does not mean Asians are the only ones who are insular. The survey also showed that young white people are twice as likely as Asians to choose friends from their own racial group.
More than two-thirds of young whites (69 per cent) said all or most of their friends were white, compared to 31 per cent of Asians whose friends are all or mostly Asian.
ICM Research interviewed two separate samples of people aged below 34 across the country last month. “Asian” refers to people identifying themselves as Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Sri Lankan.