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We all know people from India are Asians, but why are they not recognized as being fully culturally diversified with the rest of Asia? Even though we know Indians are Asians and one of the major religions in Asia (Buddhism) comes from India, it seems like Indians are put in their own little special group. Don't pretend that you don't see this.
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In the UK, we always call middle-easterners and Indians "Asians".


Or pakis, if we're not surrounded by a large group of them.
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Well acutally there are more many religions in Asia. Bud, Confus, and some others. Hinduism is primarily India. When you compare and Asian and an Indian, you would never think they are both from asia just based upon looks. Indians look more like Africans. So there is a racial stereotype, where when we think of Asians we think of Koreans, Chinese, Japanese. The most common feature that people point to equate those countries as asians is that they have the same look for the most part. usually black hair, light tan, metro style dressing, etc. Indians have their own system of dressing and looks. Just a quick thought.
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Asian, 70 percent of there culture is east Asian, such as Buddhism and Hinduism, they aren't Abrahamic and are considered part of eastern religions.

Indians are mixed with Caucasian (europeans) and mongoloids (Eastern) and Australoids (Aboriginees).

The binary described is unrealistic. Asian is usually taken to mean the physical features exemplified by prototypical Chinese, Korean, and Japanese individuals whom Indians do not resemble. Middle Eastern is usually taken to mean Arab or Persian features which similarly, Indians do not resemble.

In terms of ethnographics, religion, culture, and history, the Indian Subcontinent is its own region and should not be classified as East Asian or Middle Eastern. However, as concerns general geography, both Middle Easterners and Indians are Asians because they are both a part of Asia.


[Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Are_Indians_Middle_Eastern_or_Asian]
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I always thought they were culturally defined.

Yeah their considered Asian but they have their different customs and traditions that set them apart from other cultures around them.

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The tallest mountain range in the world separates them. Thus it's tough to trade with your neighbor to the north.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayas
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Probably good ol' fashion stereotypes. Russians and Indians look different than the Asians most people consider Asians. Kind of similar to why when people think of Americans they think of fat white people, even though Americans could technically describe people from Central and South America.
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Geographically India is in it's own little group along with Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Nepal. The Himalayas to the North and East, the Indian ocean to the south, Hindu Kush to the West. Because of the geography South Asia developed its own culture, so culturally and geographically India and its neighbors are separate from the rest of Asia.
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It's pretty obvious.
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Isn't it the same for Russians and those in the Middle East-ern areas?
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Buddhism originated in India.

Many cultural influeces, such as buildings and sculptures can be found throughout much of Asia.

Where did you get this concept that India is considered culturally seperate from Asia?
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Because Americans seldom put in the effort to differentiate between the plehtora of Eastern Asian cultures, and Americans know enough that is unique about India that they actually bother making a distiniction.

So, really, I feel the bigger question isn't so much why does America distingush India, but rather why does America not bother to distungish all the other Eastern Asian cultures, and the short answer is that Americans don't know enough that uniquely distingushes other Eastern Asian cultures that they just kind of lump them all together. If you want an example of something that America uniquely assigns to india but not any other Asian culture, The Taj Mahal is a pretty good example of when Americans look at it they think India.
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CarboKill wrote:

In the UK, we always call middle-easterners and Indians "Asians".


Or pakis, if we're not surrounded by a large group of them.


Ah stoke, that explains the xenophobism.

Typically India is referred to as the subcontinent here, where as 'real asia' is eastern asai
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mipegg wrote:


Ah stoke, that explains the xenophobism.


We haven't even discovered fire in Stoke yet.
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I say any country that has a population of over 1 billion can call itself its own continent.
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