What does Asian mean to you?

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    Dec 31, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    This question is only for US based guys.

    I have been always confused about this. When you hear of Asian, do you always think Chinese/Japanese/Korean?

    Asia is huge. There is also middle east, Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, etc Fundamentally different in physical/behavioral aspects

    Yet for some reason, I think in US, the word Asian is interpreted very narrowly.

    I am more interested in what you think yourself than what you think it should be.
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    Dec 31, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    Free sushi.
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    Dec 31, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    Hot!!!=D
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    Dec 31, 2010 5:59 AM GMT
    SweetKyd saidHot!!!=D


    yes, yes it does mean that.
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:05 AM GMT
    I think of Asians as anyone living in Asia or have ties to Asia. I think many get their idea of what is Asian from tv of course, especially karate, kung fu, etc movies. They know only what is provided for them to know instead of seeking for themselves. Also I think that many people think that CHINESE IS ASIAN and ASIAN IS CHINESE and that all other "similar" looking people with some varients are Chinese with a different name. Which is probably why some people say that all asians look alike.. some probably really do think that they all look alike.. but some just consider them (japanese, chinese, vietnamese, korean, etc) all the same therefore say that they all look the same. Stupid. Anyhow, I think people should refer to someone by whatever they refer to themselves as.
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:05 AM GMT
    slimAtl saidThis question is only for US based guys.
    ...Yet for some reason, I think in US, the word Asian is interpreted very narrowly.

    I am more interested in what you think yourself than what you think it should be.


    Hmm, that's a hard one. I tend to think of East Asian & Southeast Asian. South Asians & Middle Easterners are also Asian, but of a different race. Just my own bias I suppose
  • 2pusosl

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    Dec 31, 2010 6:06 AM GMT
    Brazilianaire saidI think of Asians as anyone living in Asia or have ties to Asia. I think many get their idea of what is Asian from tv of course, especially karate, kung fu, etc movies. They know only what is provided for them to know instead of seeking for themselves. Also I think that many people think that CHINESE IS ASIAN and ASIAN IS CHINESE and that all other "similar" looking people with some varients are Chinese with a different name. Which is probably why some people say that all asians look alike.. some probably really do think that they all look alike.. but some just consider them (japanese, chinese, vietnamese, korean, etc) all the same therefore say that they all look the same. Stupid. Anyhow, I think people should refer to someone by whatever they refer to themselves as.

    +1
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidFree sushi.

    You're stating the impossible icon_smile.gif
  • calibro

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    Dec 31, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    technically the middle east is asia too; do you think of middle easterners as asian?
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:15 AM GMT
    calibro saidtechnically the middle east is asia too; do you think of middle easterners as asian?

    To be honest I don'ticon_confused.gif
  • calibro

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    Dec 31, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    SweetKyd said
    calibro saidtechnically the middle east is asia too; do you think of middle easterners as asian?

    To be honest I don'ticon_confused.gif


    That's because the term asian isn't literally referring to all of asia. the way it's used is strictly associated with the oriental in that context (oriental is for inanimate objects, asian is for people)
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    Personally I identify with being Asian, however since I'm Filipino I tend to get comments saying, "You're not Asian enough" or "You're Pacific Islander"... The Philippines is located in Asia so I just keep it simple and say I'm Asian. Anyway back to the original question, Asian can clearly mean a lot of things, the same way Caucasian does. I suppose the only way you can really define it is to ask each individual what it means to them. And with that...I've wasted everyone's time with such an open-ended response.
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    I think of rice, udon noodles, and sushi.

    Oh yeah, sexy Asian men and women.
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    I definitely think of East Asia when I hear Asian. When people refer to Indians, they usually say Indian, and to the Middle East they say Arab or Middle Eastern. So yes Asian in my head is East Asia. It's like with African, when one hears that they think sub Saharan Africa, I don't think anyone thinks Morocco or Egypt, or North Africans.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 31, 2010 6:30 AM GMT
    The term "Asian" isn't just a geographical term, but it's also geo-political. So the terms "SW Asia" and India would be viewed differently than the eastern Asian identities.

    It's like the term Russian. Do you view Russian as European? Because if you move east throughout the country, you will come across many different Asian ethnicities. The reason Russian is viewed or perceived as European is because the capital, Moscow, is located in Europe.

    It's really more geo-political than strictly geographical.
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    Dec 31, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    jr_mgl saidPersonally I identify with being Asian, however since I'm Filipino I tend to get comments saying, "You're not Asian enough" or "You're Pacific Islander"... The Philippines is located in Asia so I just keep it simple and say I'm Asian. Anyway back to the original question, Asian can clearly mean a lot of things, the same way Caucasian does. I suppose the only way you can really define it is to ask each individual what it means to them. And with that...I've wasted everyone's time with such an open-ended response.


    No, you didnt waste your time explaining.
    Im glad im not the only Filipino here. icon_biggrin.gif
  • DaForgotten1

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    Dec 31, 2010 8:20 AM GMT
    I think that the issue here is that the general public haven't been as openminded in the past or even ignorant. The major media doesn't ehlp with this either protraying Asians in the stereotypical roles of martial artists, geeky nerdy men, or the exotic submissive female companion. Not only does the media fuel these stereotypes but these stereotypes stem from historical context in the history of the US.

    We just have to be mindful that the term Asian is very broad and not to be ignorant and openminded when dealing in relations with Asians. It can be as simple as asking "What ethnicity are you?" As oppose to asking an Asian person "Are you Chinese?"

    Sometimes its not as simple but just be mindful. :-)
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    Dec 31, 2010 8:23 AM GMT
    I've dated most "Asian" ethnicites and some Pacific Islanders.
  • coastguy90814

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    Dec 31, 2010 8:24 AM GMT
    slimAtl saidThis question is only for US based guys.

    I have been always confused about this. When you hear of Asian, do you always think Chinese/Japanese/Korean?

    Asia is huge. There is also middle east, Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, etc Fundamentally different in physical/behavioral aspects

    Yet for some reason, I think in US, the word Asian is interpreted very narrowly.

    I am more interested in what you think yourself than what you think it should be.


    middle east??? WTF?
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    Dec 31, 2010 8:24 AM GMT
    insatiablelover206 saidI've dated most "Asian" ethnicites and some Pacific Islanders.


    Lucky you-_-
  • cromi

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    Dec 31, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
    let me give you some geography lecture with asia...

    asia consist of 5 regions:

    south asia: india, sri lanka, pakistan, among others
    east asia: china, japan, s&n korea, mongolia and taiwan to some
    sout east asia: philippines(my country icon_smile.gif), vietnam, thailand, indonesia among others
    northern asia: kazahkstan, georgia, and other nation that ends in -tan icon_smile.gif
    southwest asia: saudi arabia, yemen, iraq, iran among others. now, the reason why it became popular as the middle east is because europeans, acting god, diveded the world into two geographically, the east(mostly asia) and the west(americas, africa and europe which is weird since if you look at the map, north of most middle east country is europe)
    and since southwest asia is near the boundary between east and west, it became the middle east and to some extent east asia became the far east.
    Hope this help to educate people.
  • cromi

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    Dec 31, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
    let me give you some geography lecture with asia...

    asia consist of 5 regions:

    south asia: india, sri lanka, pakistan, among others
    east asia: china, japan, s&n korea, mongolia and taiwan to some
    sout east asia: philippines(my country icon_smile.gif), vietnam, thailand, indonesia among others
    northern asia: kazahkstan, georgia, and other nation that ends in -tan icon_smile.gif
    southwest asia: saudi arabia, yemen, iraq, iran among others. now, the reason why it became popular as the middle east is because europeans, acting god, diveded the world into two geographically, the east(mostly asia) and the west(americas, africa and europe which is weird since if you look at the map, north of most middle east country is europe)
    and since southwest asia is near the boundary between east and west, it became the middle east and to some extent east asia became the far east.
    Hope this help to educate people.
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    Dec 31, 2010 8:37 AM GMT
    cromi saidlet me give you some geography lecture with asia...

    asia consist of 5 regions:
    ...
    Hope this help to educate people.


    What Cromi said... is most accurate.

    I think here in the USA, there is a tendency to define Asians as the CJK peoples (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans) and likely bundling Thailand, Vietnam, Laos/Cambodia into it, among those Americans with a slightly above average knowledge of geography.

    Folks from India and the Middle East, I think tend to be thought of by Americans not so much as being Asians than as (East) Indians and Middle Easterners respectively.

    When I speak of Asians in conversation or in writing, I fall into this error (since most of my conversations are with other Americans living in the USA) and it is understood in its context.

    When I lived in the UK, the term "Asian" seemed to encompass more so people from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan primarily, with the Middle East being something of an outlier. CJK peoples in UK English were either "East Asians", "Far East Asians", or by their proper nationality.
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    Dec 31, 2010 8:38 AM GMT
    You're making a generality about a population making a generality. "I think in US, the word Asian is interpreted very narrowly."

    I'm from the US (and I admit I may be an exception). I'm also a hapa, so when I think of Asia... I think of the Pacific Islands (Pinoy FTW) first, then Japan (where I lived), and then the rest.
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    Dec 31, 2010 8:40 AM GMT
    5ebastian saidI think India should be its own continent. Pakistan can ASSimilate with whatever it wants. India's population is 1/6 of the world population.


    A man, Im so done with that whole paki vs indy discussion...