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    Default Asian Americans on Detroit's West Side

    Browsing CityData's Racial maps and noticed something weird; an area on the west side, bounded by I-96, Livernois, Northfield, and Joy seems to have around 330 residents- and 43% of them are Asian?

    Is this true? If so, how did they get there?

    Thanks,
    MicrosoftFan

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    Many people think of Asians from places like Japan, China and Vietnam but many people from other countries are Identified as Asian including people from India

    National Geographic lists the following countries in Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia (parts in Europe and Asia), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Turkey (parts in Europe and Asia), Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddaydetroit View Post
    Many people think of Asians from places like Japan, China and Vietnam but many people from other countries are Identified as Asian including people from India

    National Geographic lists the following countries in Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russia (parts in Europe and Asia), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Turkey (parts in Europe and Asia), Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen
    Interesting... Maybe that's the tiny section of Detroit that has all the Uzbekestiani people we forgot about.

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    more racial diversity needs to grow in all of Detroit's neighborhoods. More blight removal will help.

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    Can't speak to that specific geographic area, but Warrendale in Detroit gets
    a few South Asians in particular from time to time - usually for work, sometimes
    for school reasons. For your interest there is a website called miindia which
    has a subsection for housing. If I were South Asian I would prefer that website
    to Craigslist for finding a place to live. Wouldn't be a surprise if a subset of
    Hamtramck's Bangladeshi population has settled somewhat to the west in line
    with general population trends.

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    The US Census Bureau defines "Asian" as: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. It includes "Asian Indian," "Chinese," "Filipino," "Korean," "Japanese," "Vietnamese," and "Other Asian."

    Arabs, Persians, Turks, and other Middle Easterners are considered "white" and not "Asian".

    I'm not sure about people who straddle the border between Asia and the Middle East—like Kazakhs and Uzbeks—who speak Turkic languages but may be East Asian in appearance.

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    Race is nothing more than an utterly nonsensical cultural construct anyway. Look at it closely and the supposed logic behind the premise falls apart quickly. There isn't even consensus where Asia ends and Europe begins, nor how to classify people from all the various islands in the Pacific and elsewhere.

    The U.S. Census defines Brazilians as Hispanic even though they don't descend from Spain. South America has a large population who descends from Japan, China, Korea, India, and other places in Asia who have been there for generations. Peru's former president Fujimori was born in Peru, but is of Japanese decent. His mother tongue is Spanish. Is he Hispanic or Asian? His daughter may be Peru's next president. How many people would still call a third generation Peruvian and 2nd generation Peruvian president "Asian"? According to the U.S. Census even a Japanese-Brazilian is "Hispanic". How many would disagree if she called herself "Latina"?

    We've had Asians in the U.S. just as long, or longer than Peru. After how many generations does their race change? Or does it never? Does it require mixing? If so, how much? Is a third generation American with genes from from China still Asian? If she marries someone of European descent is her daughter finally non-Asian? Wouldn't it be ironic if the "European" father were a fourth generation inhabitant of Hong Kong? Or would his daughter finally be considered "Asian" because of her American mother?
    Last edited by bust; June-22-16 at 02:42 PM.

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