The newspaper report was not optimistic about their future and noted, "Their life was by no means one of unalloyed bliss." Sunday School Teachers Chinese-white marriages in cities with large Chinatowns such as New York often involved young white women who taught English to Chinese immigrant men at a Sunday School marrying a pupil.

A marriage between a Chinese Sunday school teacher, 28-year old Miss Lena Blumenshine, and her laundryman pupil, Ching Lung, occurred in 1897 in New York City.

Early Chinese immigrant laborers were either unmarried or if married, separated from their wives and children who were still in China.

One reason why wives did not accompany their husbands was that the laborers initially planned to return to China after a few years.

The word comes from Latin: "miscere" (to mix) and "genus" (kind).

Some examples: "also prohibited marriages between white women and black men....

All were in the southeast quadrant of the United States, from Virginia to Texas to Florida. The legislatures of other states repealed their laws at various times. The Superior Court of New Jersey once commented: "...moral or social equality between the different races..not in fact exist, and never can. couples -- whether of the same or different races -- became eligible to marry in any state, as long as they consisted of one woman and one man.

These are shown in red in the following illustration: States shown in gray never had anti-miscgenation laws; those in green had laws repealed before 1887; those in yellow had laws repealed between 19: Still, the territories of Alaska and Hawaii and a few states in the north-east quadrant of the U. The God of nature made it otherwise, and no human law can produce it, and no human tribunal can enforce it. Supreme Court declared the anti-miscegenation laws that were still in place among 16 states to be unconstitutional. The Court reached this conclusion even though the vast majority (72%) of American adults were still opposed to legalizing interracial marriage at the time.

Seeing the opposition that their parents had to May's marriage plans, her younger sister avoided a confrontation and eloped with her Chinese lover.

Once that happened, her parents, their resistance to having one Chinese son-in-law breached, gave their blessing to May and Yung and acquired a second Chinese son-in-law.

Both laundrymen were members of a Sunday school where they learned English, but neither believed in the Christian religion.

Sun Wah married 22 year old Augusta and another laundryman, Wing Lee, married Lizzie.

Other reasons were cultural, i.e., families had wives remain in the villages for diverse reasons.