South Asians (Indians atleast and anyone east of them, Bengaladeshis and Sri Lankans) are included with East Asians (including NE and SE Asians) under the same race in the U.S.: Asian-Pacific Islanders (which also includeds not only Polynesians but I guess Oceanieans: Australian et.).Maju wrote: Yes, Siberia and West Asia are excluded for some strange reason, while East Asians and South Asians are systematically dumped together under the "Asian" tag, no matter they have nearly no relation at all with each other, neither historically nor genetically nor even phenetically. I even read that, for some additional weird reason, US South Asians campaigned to be included under such odd pseudo-racial tag (and no, don't ask me what tag was used before to describe them, I really have no idea nor I want to know).
The strange thing is that many ethnically-based organizations (such as Asian American magazines) actually buy into this sweeping designation. Among articles about East Asians, there will be a few about South Asians. In reality, East Asian Americans and South Asians tend to socialize as separate groups in society and really have no more common ground, in my humble opinion, then Hispanics or African Americans to each other.
(Hispanics is another mythical race created by the U.S. census in which totally sub-Saharan-looking Dominicans can be the same race as totally northern European-looking Venezualans and totally Native American-looking Guatemalans, and people, even Hispanics themselves, but into this newly created race. I've witnessed Hispanics who other-wise would be considered black being racist to blacks.)
In Britain, I here that "Asian" equals to South Asians while East Asians are referred to as Orientals. Can't say the names are all that PC but atleast they can tell the difference.