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Are Filipinos considered Asian?
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O_o i'm not trying to hate on anyone.. O_O

But, every time i take a test or something ask for ethnicity, i always notice filipino in its on check box separate from Asian.
and they are known for pacific islander.

Then it made me think about Spain having control over the Philippines and mixing into the population. As well as the Tagalog has spanish words in it. o_o


Idk.. your opinion?

People tell me to look at a map.... im not talking about geographically im asking about what they are catagorized as.

:P most of the posters are filipino. haha
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Yes, we are Asian.

There are many other Asian ethnicities/nationalities that have been governed or colonized by European countries in the past. Malaysia by British, Indonesia by the Dutch, Vietnam by the French, etc... The Philippines is no different than any of these other countries are.

However, when it comes to 'Race', most of us are just categorized as "Others" because of our mixed heritage and not really belonging to one race, in comparison to clear cut races such as Chinese, Malay, Indian, Thai etc...


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"Filipino" is a nationality, not a race. There are many races among Filipinos themselves: Chinese, Malay, Spanish, American, Japanese, and other minorities. They're all Filipinos. But nowadays, the latter generations can't really fathom what they are anymore because it's pretty much mixed, so we just go under "Others".
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HUH? im not asain? no way! since the Philippines is in asia then we must be asian
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Since it's in Asia, it makes them Asians, I guess.

Colonial rule can't change continents.
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uh. look at the map.
its part of asia.. so they are asian..
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lol yea me too even im confuse lol my frnds call me pacific islander but some of em call me azns so im confused which is right or they both right lol..

EDIT: This is sumething i found when i serched it on google i think this is the answer yur lookin for


The basic Filipino belongs to Malay stock and have brown skin color compared to typical yellow race Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Koreans). Malays were descended from peoples of SOUTH ASIA-Indian sub-continent, not South China. DNA studies showed that many of the inhabitants of the Philippines were related to Ethnic Malays. Filipino languages (Ilocano, Pampango, Tagalog, Cebuano, Bikol) are part of the Austronesian group, which originates in Asia. The Philippines was isolated from the rest of Asian culture because of more than 300 years of Spanish colonialism and about 50 years American imperialism. Our mixed heritage makes us unique among our Asian neighbors.

Asia is the biggest continent on this planet earth. It encompasses countries in the Middle East Korea peninsula, Borneo, Fiji Islands and some parts of the old Soviet Russian empire. The Philippine villages or barangays looks like the Indonesian countryside or any other place in Southeast Asia with it's rice fields, rice terraces, water buffaloes, fish ponds, native houses and native boats. The Filipinos basic diet like rice, fish and soup, is the common all over Southeast Asia. Filipinos not only look Malay, but the also have many cultural Malay traits.


On other hand, we are Pacific Islanders in the sense that some Filipino cultures are clos%r to Pacific Islanders than Asians, and at least one Pacific Island culture - the Chamorros. It seem
to have a recent Philippine origin. There is also one theory that many other Pacific Islander cultures may have originated, at least partly, from the Philippine archipelago.

Pacific islanders are divided into three groupings:

1.Malayo-Polynesians like Filipinos, Indonesian, Malays, Chamorros.
2. Polynesians
3. Micronesians

Filipinos can be both Asian and pacific islanders. It’s difficult to simplify different asian races, cultures and heritage. i’m sure we are all Homo sapiens or modern human beings. The United States of America the only super power nation on earth recognized as FILIPINOS, the native inhabitants of the Philippines.

For Reference Only

U.S. Census 2000 has different categories:

WHITE (Caucasians, Anglo-Saxon)
HISPANIC (Mexicans, Latin American, Spanish descent)
BLACK (African, Jamaican, Trinidadian, West Indian)
AMERICAN INDIAN OR ALASKAN NATIVE
ASIAN OR PACIFIC ISLANDERS
FILIPINO
OTHER
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Im pretty sure were asian..

like we love our rice!:P
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Wow~ this is .... yeah!... Actually I get this question alot at my school, but YES the philippines is apart of Asia! =] Therefore we are asian ^^
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lol are u serious? lol yes we are asian
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Well... I consider them Asians but really they are consider "Pacific islanders" But they are pretty much asain. lol
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look at the map
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o_o i wonder why it gets its own check box in things

D:

no fair.
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what do you mean by Asian exactly?

to answer your question, yes we are Asian since the Philippines is obviously a part of Asia hence making us Filipinos asian as we are inhabitants of the Asian continent.

however, if you'll refer to us by our race, then that's where the problem goes since we don't really belong to only one race as we are of mixed races. but in a general sense, we are Asian.
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lol we r azn that have similar languages to spanish!!! ^_^


djkshroom wrote:

o_o i wonder why it gets its own check box in things

D:

no fair.


we r special dude lol jkjkjk!!!
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Posted 1/3/08
They are Asian. O_O
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