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Off-topic, but when mainstream American press uses the word "Asian", why does it typically mean the yellow half of Asia?



Why does "European" typically mean the western half of Europe?

Why does "American" almost always ignore all the non-USA countries on the two 'America' continents?


Why does "European" typically mean the western half of Europe?

It doesn't. Russians are certainly counted as European.

Why does "American" almost always ignore all the non-USA countries on the two 'America' continents?

People from the "United States of America" are described as "Americans". Similarly, people from the Federated Republic of Brazil are described as "Brazilian". Or if you want to talk about continents, people from South America are often described as South Americans.


When "oriental" became un-PC, Americans started using Asian as a replacement even though there are many non-oriental Asian countries.


Oriental not a PC term, but many Americans cannot tell the difference between Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Filipino, etc by language, appearance or other factors.

So instead of sitting through millions of awkward moments, whomever makes up these things came up with "Asian", which basically can apply to anyone.


The same thing applies to "Mexicans".. it infuriates my South American friends:)


What do you consider to be the non-yellow half?


He's referring to South Asia. The answer to his question is that "Asian" implies "East Asian" in American English because the majority of Asian Americans are East Asian. In the UK, "Asian" implies "South Asian" (for the same reason).


maybe brown skinned 1.15 billion people? Or the blue eyed, blond haired northern Asians who live in northern China (who are ethnically Chinese) or in Russia? Those are asians too.


The middle east, the .*stans, India, Russia. Yeah, Arabs are Asian, who knew?


Americans and Australians only refer to people from east Asia as "asian".

I've noticed those from the UK call people from the Indian Subcontinent "asians". I never noticed how they reference people from East Asia.


India, Russia, etc.?


So here we are, halfway through the posts, when we realize that we're each using a different definition of "Asian"!


India?


Russia?




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