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Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1728  Monday, 15 September 2004

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Sep 2004 08:24:02 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1717 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

[2]     From:   Chae Lian Diong <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 00:25:13 +0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1705 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Sep 2004 08:24:02 -0400
Subject: 15.1717 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1717 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

Thanks to all of you for your very helpful responses.  I very much
appreciate them.

All best,
Richard

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From:           Chae Lian Diong <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 00:25:13 +0800
Subject: 15.1705 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1705 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

Technically, all the nationalities you mention are Asian so I don't
think there's one "correct" usage of the term.  The UK have a longer
history of dealing with India and also have more Indian immigrants so
it's logical that the term "Asian" would apply to them.  Likewise with
the US and the Orient.

Truth is, the term "Asia" was coined by Western powers and actually
covers a wide range of countries and ethnicities - all the way from the
Middle East to Siberia!

Chae Lian
Malaysia

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