For a long time, there has been a deep-seated fear of intermarriage in the Jewish community. Many believed and some still believe that intermarriage = the end of the Jewish people. Academics and Korean-American and Jewish couple, Helen Kim and Noah Leavitt noticed the opposite was happening in their circle of friends: Many of their interfaith and interracial friends were raising very Jewish, even religiously Jewish, children.
They also noticed there was a lack of research about Jewish and Asian couples, in particular. This launched them into a 10-year qualitative research project where they spoke with Jewish-Asian couples and the children of Jewish-Asian couples. Their new book is called JewAsian, and we were lucky enough to host a conversation with them last week with support from Honeymoon Israel. Here are three things we learned:
You can purchase JewAsian here. Bryan jokes that he's never seen me so moved or inspired by qualitative research findings :). I hope you find the book as meaningful and helpful as I did. Here's a recent New York Times article about interfaith marriage- Helen and Honeymoon Israel are interviewed in it!
Here are more photos from the event, if you'd like to see:
*Nourish provided small JewAsian-inspired bites like salmon and dill rice balls, nori and everything bagel furikake rice balls with horseradish fromage blanc and arugula, and crudités with ginger, miso and tahini dressing.