MIKE MIOCEVICH: Probably when I was quite young I used to read a lot of books about missionaries and stories of Africa and things like that and it just kind of got me interested. MIKE MIOCEVICH: It's kind of a mix of like the whole lot. But yeah, it's just a whole new, just a big mixing of the whole kind of thing. When did this attraction start do you think, I mean in terms of you actually dating someone? JENNY BROCKIE: Had you dated other Korean men before Han? JENNY BROCKIE: Okay, so had it been a preference for a long time or did you have a preference, or didn't it matter?
You know, there's obvious physical attraction of course. MIKE MIOCEVICH: It was in high school at a high school dance and basically the entire year was basically all mostly white people from like, you know, Perth, but there was one girl from South Africa who had come over, her family had come over so, yeah, went to the dance and, yeah, took her. MIKE MIOCEVICH: If I had any kind of reservations before I didn't have any after, so. Sophie Song, you're in South Korea visiting your Korean in-laws at the moment. SOPHIE SONG: I probably have always had more interest in darker haired, darker eyed people, and what I had found, you know, my experience of the Korean people I had met prior to meeting Han was that a lot of them, by their upbringing, are quite family oriented and that was something that very much appealed to me. SOPHIE SONG: We actually met at a pub, we both had gone with our respective friends and we were watching a football final and basically I met him briefly in the queue at the bar.
It found that heterosexual men of all races respond to all women except for African-American, and that women of all races respond first to Caucasian men. He says "multi-ethnic coupling" will become increasingly more common as time goes by – it's an inevitable consequence of the proximity of so many races in the same place. JENNY BROCKIE: So is it purely physical or is it a mixture of a whole lot of things?
He also says there are evolutionary reasons why people of mixed-race would be seen as the most attractive. I've certainly been on dates with people of different races but I've just found that I had a better connection with people of Caucasian heritage. RUDO BANYA: I think I like the contrast, the difference in skin tone, the ebony and the ivory, I quite like contrast. RUDO BANYA: It's a mixture of a whole lot of things, it's not just physical and it's not just sexual.
Jennifer Lundquist is a US-based sociologist who has studied racial preferences in online dating.
The study found that race plays a big part in people's decisions about who they choose to contact and respond to online.
Mixed-race women use vetting strategies, the specific ways of listening to, and prompting, potential partners on dates to determine their politics.
Edelisa thought a western man would be "better than a Filipino husband" because they're more responsible and provide better for their children.
Ida Harding migrated to Australia from Ghana at the age of four.
LINDA BENZ: I'd have to say I like the skin tone too, you know? JENNY BROCKIE: Would you look at other races or just black women? She just sings to, she was just like my genuine class and like everybody else is like Bill Cosby's really funny, but when I watched the TV show, Felicia Ashard really kind of stood out to me and yeah, the other one is Whoopi Goldberg.
But, but to be honest, most of the African men that I have met or got to know, I found them really interesting. MIKE MIOCEVICH: I have dated, I have dated, you know, white girls, mainly because in my area in Western Australia, you didn't really have that kind of option, especially around in my area around near the coast. Mainly, mainly for Felicia Ashard, Claire Huxtable. JENNY BROCKIE: Whoopi Goldberg as well, okay, so you saw Whoopi and you thought mmm?