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"Asian" people. What does that even mean?!

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    Does anyone think it's a bit bizarre that when there is an incident involving people of south asian origin the media always highlights an ambiguous and pointless statment that "asian" people were involved.

    South asia is a large place with various cultures. And whether people like to admit it or not, to an extent they hate each other and are completely different not just when it comes to religion, but also social ideals and values.

    If a german person or french person was involved they would always be more specific. They wouldn't say a white person or European person was involved. They would note the person nationality.

    It seems really unfare that a whole ethnicity is allowed to be slandered by the media when they have virtually nothing in common with the "asian" people involved besides having a similar skin tone.

    Example:

    http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news...l-exploitation


    Not one of these people are of Indian, Sri lankan, or nepalese origin. I can tell by their names.

    So why does the media like get a thrill out of tarring them all with the same brush even though people from the above cultural origins have absolutely nothing to do with that of the convicts involved?

    And this is just one incident. I'm sure there are numerous others you can think of.
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    Because it's somehow less offensive to slander the whole Asian race rather than apportion blame to a subset of that community, which, in the media is usually Pakistani Muslims.
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    Many people are so stupid that they think that Asians are all the same. Ditto Africans. Plus they do not know what 'Nepalese' means.

    Morons.
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    "Asian" means people from asia.
    "Europeans" means people from Europe.
    "Africans" means people from Africa.

    It's less offensive than saying "A group of cracka's" or "a load of paki's" or "a squadron of chinks" or a ship full of "******".

    Edit - what makes me laugh is how the media tells people that it was only black people involved: "An officer from operation trident, which specialises in crime within the black community, is investigating".

    Basically the media wants to tell you what race the offenders are, without openly offending anyone, for fear of getting in trouble.

    If they could, they would use the racial slurs given above.
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    Yeah but that's true of any race.
    They say a white person is 'Caucasian' when most white people have never visited the Caucasus Region of western Russia.
    They say 'black people' about people who are not black but dark brown. They call black Americans 'Afro-American' when most have not been to Africa.


    It's just classification isn't it, by definition a classification is going to be simplified and a generalisation. 'Asian people' includes Indians, Chinese and Nepalese in the same way 'White people' includes English, Norwegian, Russian (are they still Asian as it's in Asia?) or any other 'White' person.
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    Because if you single out a single nationality it is deemed racist for some reason. Also typically, the exact nationality of the person may not be known, but the fact that they are of Asian lineage is obvious. Add to that of course, Asian can be used to refer to a larger reason where certain values are normally held that are different to ours, and that is the way those people are differentaited.

    I don;t know it for a fact, but I have a strong feeling that in Pakistan, China, South Africa etc we would be referred to as 'European', 'White' or 'Western'.
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    (Original post by HighRoller)
    Does anyone think it's a bit bizarre that when there is an incident involving people of south asian origin the media always highlights an ambiguous and pointless statment that "asian" people were involved.

    South asia is a large place with various cultures. And whether people like to admit it or not, to an extent they hate each other and are completely different not just when it comes to religion, but also social ideals and values.

    If a german person or french person was involved they would always be more specific. They wouldn't say a white person or European person was involved. They would note the person nationality.

    It seems really unfare that a whole ethnicity is allowed to be slandered by the media when they have virtually nothing in common with the "asian" people involved besides having a similar skin tone.

    Example:

    http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news...l-exploitation


    Not one of these people are of Indian, Sri lankan, or nepalese origin. I can tell by their names.

    So why does the media like get a thrill out of tarring them all with the same brush even though people from the above cultural origins have absolutely nothing to do with that of the convicts involved?

    And this is just one incident. I'm sure there are numerous others you can think of.
    I totally agree with what you have said above (sorry for the negative rating, was meant to like it but accidently clicked wrong). I think sometimes it would be a lot better if we brought it down to religion - after all, in the case that you mentioned above, is it not odd that all the nine men were Pakistani Muslim?? Whereas Asian suggests more than one religion and culture.
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    I am 'white'. I get annoyed when in the news they say: Indian stabbed in London, or Asian involved in fraud.
    The fact is most of the time these people are not who they say they are. Yes they have Asian descent but they are now BRITISH regardles of the colour of their skin or ancestors. isn't this BLATENT racism!
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    We refer the brown skinned, southern Asian people as 'Asians' here, whereas other places like North America and Australia would call east Asian oriental people as 'Asians'. It's probably down to us having more southern Asians than eastern Asians here.

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