Asian people  or Asiatic people  are people who descend from a portion of Asia's population. A variety of definitions and geographical data are presented by organizations and individuals for classifying the ethnic groups in Asia. In parts of anglophone Africa, especially East Africa and in parts of the Caribbean , the term "Asian" is more commonly associated with people of South Asian origin, particularly Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans. Due to the high number of Indians in South Africa, in official documentation the designation "Indian" is used to refer to both South- and East-Asians. In the Arab states of the Persian Gulf , the term "Asian" generally refers to people of South Asian and Southeast Asian descent due to the large Indian , Pakistani , Bangladeshi and Filipino expatriate population in these countries.
W ith the U. Census online form set to go live starting March 12, Americans will soon get the once-in-a-decade opportunity to stand up and be counted. But while many of the questions on the Census may seem simple — name or date of birth — at least one is more complicated: race. For many Asian Americans, who are the least likely among ethnic groups to fill out the Census, this can be especially true. But American culture tends not to think of all regions in Asia as equally Asian. This issue even made its way to the Presidential race: during his run for the Democratic nomination, Andrew Yang, who is of Taiwanese descent, was frequently framed by the media and his own campaign as the Asian candidate , despite his rival Kamala Harris having Indian heritage.
Updated Edition, April 04, This new edition of our report on Asian Americans provides data on 14 smaller Asian origin groups with population counts below , in the Census, along with detailed data on the economic and demographic characteristics of adults in nine of these groups. Our original report contained survey and Census data on all Asian Americans as well as specific information on the six largest Asian origin groups. Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.
As mainstream news media starts paying attention to the potential nomination of Judge Sri Srinivasan, important questions of identity are cropping up. So here is a teachable moment on where Indians fit into the Asian American category, in a simple Q and A format:. Asian is a racial category not an ethnic category.