Before the 20th century, with the exception of soldiers and traders, most people rarely interacted with foreigners.
Even the term "interracial dating" is subject to interpretation.
Blacks are now substantially more likely than before to marry whites.
have climbed to 4.8 million - a record 1 in 12 - as a steady flow of new Asian and Hispanic immigrants expands the pool of prospective spouses.
For instance, most caucasians would not view a union between Korean and Japanese nationals as a "mixed marriage"; however, many Koreans and Japanese would heartily disagree.