Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islander?

Filipino asian or pacific islander

 

Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islander? 

When you are a Filipino in America, you get labeled ever so often as a Pacific Islander, not Asian. Your neighbors with the chinito eyes and lighter skin are who they consider Asian, not you.

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I even had the same argument with my husband. He points out that I can’t possibly be Asian because I look closer more like a Pacific Islander and the Philippine Islands are in the Pacific.

Hmmmp. He has a point.

That made me question who I am.

Have I been living a lie?

Am I really a Pacific Islander?

Whaaat is going on??

 

This has been a very contentious debate among the Filipino group and our other Asian neighbors. Where do we really belong? Let’s look at what people are saying about this topic around the world wide net.

In the United States, it is already being taught in schools that Filipinos are not Asians—that we are Pacific Islanders. While there is a lot of reaction against it, I am surprised that many intelligent Filipinos abroad have accepted this without question.
Pacific Islands are places like Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti, Guam, Cook Islands, Mariana Islands—and their common denominator? Most of them do not possess their own national and political identities—they are islands under the jurisdiction and protection of more powerful countries like USA, France and New Zealand. Most of these Pacific Islands are still referred to as “indigenous natives.” They have very, very small populations and they have no global role or power. While they have their own unique culture and characteristics, they do not hail from any great civilization in the past. Hindi sila lumaban at tumayo para sa sarili nilang lahi. – 

 

OK, so clearly, we are in between the Pacific Islands and the greater Asian countries like China, Korea, and Japan. See the map below and notice how close we are to the Pacific Islands. Pretty darn close I must say. But we DO NOT belong there.

Some Pacific Islands as mentioned by Aaron in the post above are Somoa, Hawaii, Tihiti, Guam, Cook Island, Mariana Islands, Papua, etc.

East Asia consists of China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam etc.

South East Asia has Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand etc.

South Asia covers India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc.

Filipino’s aren’t considered as Asian but Pacific Islanders by some because the Philippines used to be part of the Spanish East Indies, which includes Marianas (Guam and Northern Mariana today), and Carolinas (Palau and FS Micronesia today). And if you look at the native peoples of these Pacific Islands, they look like us. So if you say, Guam, Northern Marina, Palau, and Micronesian natives are Pacific Islanders, why can’t us?
The confusion really stems from from the fact that geographic-derived demonyms seldom describe people in terms of ethno-linguistic groupings. These denonyms require the description of exact borders so one can be sure of correct usage of these denonyms. It has been long established that Philippines is part of Asia, so we should be considered as Asians. Furthermore, ethno-linguistically speaking, Filipinos are more closely-related to some ethnic groups in Borneo and Suluwesi, than the natives of Marianas and Carolinas. Borneo and Suluwesi natives are either Malaysians or Indonesians. And Malaysians and Indonesians are considered Asians.
Speaking of geography, we are Asians (like the Japanese, and Chinese). But speaking of ethno-linguistic grouping, we are Malayo-Polynesians (like Malaysians, most Indonesians, and all Poynesians). Now, can we redefine the borders of Asia and the so-called Pacific Island Group so we can be considered Pacific Islanders instead? I dunno. I would remind you though it isn’t Pacific Ocean to our North, West, and South, only the East. We’re unlike all these they consider as Pacific Islands which are completely surrounded by the Pacific Ocean in all directions. – http://www.reddit.com/user/netro

 

 

On paper, we are officially Asian. We belong to southeast ASIA. But did you know that those who consider us Pacific Islanders are not entirely incorrect? I can see people’s eyes rolling at this statement. But it’s true!

Believe it or not, the Philippines used to be called The Philippine Islands of the Pacific.

When the Americans first arrived in the Philippines more than a century ago, they called us the “orphans of the Pacific.”

They might have reached this conclusion because of the  geographical distance of the country from mainland Asia. They considered us Pacific Islanders.  The Philippine archipelago, which consisted of 7,107 Islands, was a political creation of Western colonizers. Spain united the major islands of the Philippines during the 16th century when they colonized us. If Spain had not occupied the Philippines, we may not be what we are today.

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63 Comments

  • Rudeboy November 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    We are Asians it’s in our DNA since the beginning of time and the Island of Philippines are also part of the Pacific Ocean. So, therefore “Filipinos” should be considered as Asian Pacific Islanders.Theres no one or the other, it’s both. Look at the globe and look up your DNA which leads to Asian Pacific Islanders. There’s Hawaiian Pacific Islanders and there’s Asian Pacific Islanders and so forth and so forth.

    If I’m wrong… the Philippines needs to better educate the people. I believe giving an identity to what race we are give the people a sense pride and being proud from where we come from. Especially, Filipinos Americans who were born in the United States of America. Don’t forget where your race. I encourage all filams to educate yourself of the language and history of our people.

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    • Joseph Villadiego November 30, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Take a DNA test then you will understand more.

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  • Victor November 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Most people here have made good points. Filipinos are Asian. They are different from East Asians but Asians as a whole are incredibly diverse. Filipino-Americans might identify as Pacific Islander but they are not Pasifika. That distinction is never brought up. They do not identify with Pasifika ethnicities, heritage, history, or culture. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Its ok to be and appreciate who you are.

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  • San November 22, 2017 at 8:12 am

    If philipinos are pasifc islanders then so with indonesians and the rest of maritime se asians. I am indonesian I can tell that we all have the same look.

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  • EIIoa August 21, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    It’s up to Philippines itself to say whether it’s a Pacific island or a part of Asia. Not somebody from America (Correct me if I’m wrong), for goodness sake!

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  • Antonio Pulatua August 18, 2017 at 1:05 am

    I was born and raised in the phillipines in samar and my grand father told me that he was from a descendants of the malayo polynesian that came from the pacific.
    . My name is Antonio ramirez Pulatua. My grandfather came from the malaypoly tribe called faifai tribe. I believe in the early years when our island was still young the datus welcome this tribes looking for land to live and they did leave in harmony together until the spaniards came along. To support this argument we are part of the pacific and i believe still that some of us are descendants of this tribes. It looks like our history has a hidden story not to be told. If you are brown as called kayumangi chances are you have the pacific island blood.

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  • Jerome falatua August 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Fuck all the filipinos saying that we are asian. We are not. We are islanders. To the people who refused and think that we belong to asia look at your self to the mirror if you have chingchong eyes then your bloodline are asian. To the people who are badlybrown skin with big eyes and flat nose like me then you are islander. Philippines belong to the malayo polynesian. Thats it.

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    • Jerome falatua August 16, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Tony fuck you. Go back to asia where you belong you fuking jungle asian.

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      • Jerome falatua August 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

        Explained my last name

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  • ricky August 15, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Filipinos are Austronesian. We are classified as Asians under the US Census Bureau label and not Pacific Islanders. However, our language is very different than our Asian counterparts. The tagalog language is a Malayo-Polynesian language which up to and including Polynesians.

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  • Joseph Villadiego August 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    We are Latinos in Asia. We might look or sound like our Malaysian and Indonesian neighbors. Our hips might sway to the same hula of our Polynesian neighbors. Lately I’ve read that the coconuts there and chickens DNA strains swam originally from the Philippines. Culturally speaking we can’t strip ourselves of 300 of Spanish and later American influence, and consider too the Moslem territory of the south. Working within a community of 14 diverse communities in Far Rockaway, NY, I realized that we are not very different from the Hispanic from Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, etc. We live in Southeast Asia but we don’t worship and eat like the majority of them. We live there but we don’t belong.

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  • Tony_Pinoy May 7, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Ignorant Americans and American born Filipinos just decided to call Fililipinos pacific-islanders based on the physical similiarities. If that’s the case, what don’t you start calling Indonesians, Thai and Malaysians pacific-islanders as well because the too look similar. If you actually go to the Philippines and ask them what their ethnicity is, they will say Asian. Don’t go saying they are pacific-islanders because they will only laugh at you and say you are uneducated.

    You may make the argument, “But the Philippines is in the pacific ocean”. True. But how about Japan? It is also an archipelago surrounded by the pacific ocean. By that logic, would you say they are pacific-islanders?

    Filipinos are Asian. Before you start making assumptions, please do your research before looking like a fool.

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  • mark April 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Filipinos are Asian. We are not “oriental,” like the japanese, koreans, or mainland chinese. We are a mix of malay, chinese, and – due to the 350 years of colonization – spanish. Our ethnic mix does not make us unique in Asia. If you travel to South East Asia, you will see that Filipinos look very similar to Singaporeans, Thais, Indonesians, Malaysians, etc. In fact, when you do visit and don’t speak a word, people will think you are a local. Be proud of who you are.

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  • Talisyn April 9, 2017 at 4:54 am

    I was convinced that the Philippines was SE Asian and then my husband had his DNA analyzed… which shows a greatest portion of SE Asian, a small portion of Iberian Peninsula, and about 1/3 portion of Pacific Islander ……… Interesting to me…. I think the genetic answer is probably more complex than one or the other.

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    • John May 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Which DNA platform did you use? I am also interested in having it done as well.

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    • RON November 22, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Im filipino (also black, polynesian) but i am of negrito descent of the filipinos. there are many different groups of filipinos in the phillipines. but just putting it out there filipinos are asian, but switching what people are saying, we can also say polynesians are also asian. Dont come at me !!!! in fact, studies shown polys came from the philippines! Well first taiwan thru the philippines and then spreaded like wildfire all over the pacific. But yes filipinos are asians. We can be geographically labled as pacific islanders but filipinos are thechnically from the mainland that went to the islands. Saying this, its like what i said before that polys are asian too. (read above). polys can do a dna test and see the filipino or other asian in them. i dont need to bc i am mixed lmao. but lets just end this topic.

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  • Mark December 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    The Philippines is a prime candidate for the ancestral homeland of the Polynesians. Early Polynesians are more related to the Kankanaey (igorot) in the northern Philippines than that of Melanesians, despite Melanesia being geographically closer to Polynesia. The term “Pacific Islander” is based on an arbitrary designation of a geographic region. If you look at data on human (even chicken) genetics, archeology, and linguistics, Filipinos are closely linked to the Polynesians. Add to that the cultural similarities, and it’s no surprise Filipinos identify more with Pacific Islanders than that of mainland Asia.

    Sources:
    http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/10/game-changing-study-suggests-first-polynesians-voyaged-all-way-east-asia
    http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-evolution-human-origins/new-study-suggests-philippines-ancestral-homeland-polynesians-001463

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    • RON November 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

      exactly!!

      im going to copy and paste just for whatever, bc people still dont get it.
      Im filipino (also black, polynesian) but i am of negrito descent of the filipinos. there are many different groups of filipinos in the phillipines. but just putting it out there filipinos are asian, but switching what people are saying, we can also say polynesians are also asian. Dont come at me !!!! in fact, studies shown polys came from the philippines! Well first taiwan thru the philippines and then spreaded like wildfire all over the pacific. But yes filipinos are asians. We can be geographically labled as pacific islanders but filipinos are thechnically from the mainland that went to the islands. Saying this, its like what i said before that polys are asian too. (read above). polys can do a dna test and see the filipino or other asian in them. i dont need to bc i am mixed lmao. but lets just end this topic.

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  • Janet November 8, 2016 at 5:34 am

    The author should travel to Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and other parts of Southeast Asia. She’d be surprised how she’d blend in with the population with her dark skin and un-chinita eyes. She looks so indo-Malay to me. Also the US classification of Filipinos as Pacific Islanders is based merely on geography and disregards culture, history and ethnicity of Filipinos. Mayhaps, the american classification was a born out of ignorance and convenience during the early 20th century that’s still in use today– just lump to ether all those people who come from US island territories in the Pacific, after all, they are all the same right? Lol. Now, Americans and Fil-Americans should know better.

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  • Bantugan October 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Do you know that if we were left uncolonized our culture would have still resembled our other maritime southeast asian neighbors like the Malays and Indonesians? I also believed Islam would have become the dominant religion.

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  • t August 27, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    DNA evidence seems to suggest Filipinos are more closely related to Pacific islanders than Asian

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  • Sharyn August 2, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Why can Filipinos just be both! 🙂

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    • 5742 Tylersville Road November 2, 2017 at 4:32 am

      Right!!!!!
      People either love one and hate the other, and can´t stand to be called something else they are related to. I´ve actually been around Pacific Islanders, and their culture and values are very similar to ours.

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  • Baldwin May 6, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    If you see here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ca/World_Map_of_Y-DNA_Haplogroups.png
    Filipinos Y-DNA seems more close from Taiwaneses.

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    • RON November 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

      copy n paste alert!

      Im filipino (also black, polynesian) but i am of negrito descent of the filipinos. there are many different groups of filipinos in the phillipines. but just putting it out there filipinos are asian, but switching what people are saying, we can also say polynesians are also asian. Dont come at me !!!! in fact, studies shown polys came from the philippines! Well first taiwan thru the philippines and then spreaded like wildfire all over the pacific. But yes filipinos are asians. We can be geographically labled as pacific islanders but filipinos are thechnically from the mainland that went to the islands. Saying this, its like what i said before that polys are asian too. (read above). polys can do a dna test and see the filipino or other asian in them. i dont need to bc i am mixed lmao. but lets just end this topic.

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  • Titterling Langs March 4, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    The problem lies in the fallacy of the premise: “American classifications are 100% correct and universal and not subject to any dispute”. Many Filipinos who move to the USA accept those as the classifications coming from Supreme God. And anything that an American says is supreme and eternal truth.

    Which is BS.

    The author ( and many Filipinos) is following these American classifications which are incomplete, faulty and politically influenced.

    Way back, all the people from beyond the Urals ( except Russian settlers – who only settled there recently) were Asians in the US. They are still Asian in all parts of the world

    That means Turks and Indians, and Jews ( Israeli or exiled once) and Iranians, etc. Look at the country participating in Asian games. Those are Asians.

    The people with “yellow skin” and ” chinky” eyes as you say used to be called “Orientals” in the US. Then, they got p-sed and began complaining. “Don’t call me that, call me an Asian-American”. They also used to be called ” Mongoloid race” but as, again, in the US, it is also a name for mental retardation, that also p-ssed them off.

    Thus, these Chinese, Japanese, Korean- Americans became “Asian”. Also, during the Asian Exclusion Act, Armenians, Indians and Lebanese began pushing themselves out of the category saying that they were “white”. This is how it all came about.

    Anyway, it’s all arbitrary, American-made and should not apply to Filipinos in the Philippines. Who and what they are is decided by them there. Not by Americans.

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  • Titterling Langs March 4, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    The problem lies in the fallacy of the premise: “American classifications are 100% correct and universal and not subject to any dispute”. Many Filipinos who move to the USA accept those as the classifications coming from Supreme God. And anything that an American says is supreme and eternal truth.

    Which is BS.

    The author ( and many Filipinos) is following these American classifications which are incomplete, faulty and politically influenced.

    Way back, all the people from beyond the Urals ( except Russian settlers – who only settled there recently) were Asians in the US. They are still Asian in all parts of the world

    That means Turks and Indians, and Jews ( Israeli or exiled once) and Iranians, etc. Look at the country participating in Asian games. Those are Asians.

    The people with “yellow skin” and ” chinky” eyes as you say used to be called “Orientals” in the US. Then, they got p-sed and began complaining. “Don’t call me that, call me an Asian-American”. They also used to be called ” Mongoloid race” but as, again, in the US, it is also a name for mental retardation, that also p-ssed them off.

    Thus, these Chinese, Japanese, Korean- Americans became “Asian”. Also, during the Asian Exclusion Act, Armenians, Indians and Lebanese began pushing themselves out of the category saying that they were “white”. This is how it all came about.

    Anyway, it’s all arbitrary, American-made and should not apply to Filipinos in the Philippines. Who and what they are is decided by them there. Not by Americans.

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  • SayWhat August 13, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    What part of the U.S. teaches that Filipino are Pacific Islanders? because there are just as many, if not more, that teaches that Filipinos are part of the “Asian” group. The problem is that people stereotype and think Asians are all the same. If you don’t recognize the diversity of the different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups in Asia, then this is why this question is so complicated. The truth is, this is a Filipino-American identity issue. There are many discussions, including videos, that go deeper into the topic and you will see the divide between Filipinos from the Philippines vs Filipinos from America. That’s the bigger issue than “Asian or Pacific Islander”.

    Also, Vietnam is considered a part of Southeast Asia.

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  • Carlen Jewelle June 5, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I like how the first 99% of the article provides facts to show
    we are Asian, but then back pedals and says the term Pacific Islander is not
    “entirely incorrect” because some rando American’s came and called us ophans a mere hundred years ago. Yes, let’s change 30k years of historical Arabic and Asian evidence to support those of us who can’t accept our true lineage. Such a shame. I, for one, think we are the MOST exotic. We are a group of Asians who look like every
    single race in this world. White, Black, everything in between. Think about it.
    We are completely aesthetically unpredictable. We look like we could come from
    pretty much any continent on this earth. That variety, to me, is more exotic
    and mysterious, than looking Polynesian.

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  • Ren Arrieta June 5, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Just because a lot of Filipinos are so fixated at Hula Dancing, it does not mean we are pacific islanders, LOL.

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  • ER Gatuslao June 4, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Hi everyone. I will not allow profanity in the comments sections. If you want to be rude, take it elsewhere. Thanks everyone.

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  • Marq Diulaylomo June 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Yep typical americans not knowing their Geography. :p
    Here in Canada, at least everyone knows Filipinos are Asian. Even East Indians are called South Asians, and everyone knows this.

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    • Goldfinger June 5, 2015 at 1:58 am

      Typical Canadian, thanks for being rude, eh.

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      • Marq Diulaylomo June 5, 2015 at 2:07 am

        hahahah Canadians being rude is the funniest thing i’ve heard today. so typical of us… typical americans thinking everything else is typical lol

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        • Vladyta July 5, 2015 at 4:11 am

          Rude Canadians? That’s almost as rare as a Filipino party with no rice!

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  • D'michael June 4, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    You fail to mention that the Philippines was part of the Majapahit Empire–one of the largest empires in ASIA’S history.

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    • sandy June 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Philippines was never been part of majapahit empire, do you mean sulu island and Sultanate of manila?

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      • D'michael June 4, 2015 at 11:40 pm

        I don’t know where you got that information from, but the Philippines as part of the Majapahit Empire has been studied in academia. Try this for starters.

        Munoz, Paul Michel (2006). Early Kingdoms of the Indonesian Archipelago and the Malay Peninsula. Singapore: Editions Didier Millet. p. 279. ISBN 981-4155-67-5.

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  • Roberto Castillo June 4, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Well if Filipinos are not considered Asian right now, they will soon be universally known as Asians the way China is reclaiming land . If you look around the Philippines most of the country is is alreadt owned by Chinese tycoons anyway. So it’s just a matter of time….

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    • Ruby Famous
      Ruby Famous June 4, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      lol! I hope not.. but they are taking over the world.. one person at a time 😉

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    • Marq Diulaylomo June 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      Isn’t WW3 starting soon?

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  • joopzkie June 4, 2015 at 3:47 am

    This is plain and simple. Some people are just making it complicated. Philippines is part of ASIA so Filipinos are ASIANS. Asians are not just CHINKY eyed-yellow skinned race. There are the INDIANS, PAKISTANIS, ISRAELIS, SAUDIS, RUSSIANS etc. who are not stereotypically in appearance as ASIANS but they are ASIANS.

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    • Ruby Famous
      Ruby Famous June 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Joopzkie, as Filipinos, we know this of course. I mean, geography will always be the politically correct way of identifying our place in this world. However, this is a question that every Filipino overseas face. Even my husband argued that i’m Pacific Islander and he is a really really smart man.

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      • joopzkie June 5, 2015 at 4:33 am

        Yeah! That is the problem with other people of different race… They just know the typical stereotype ASIAN. Just like in AFRICA when you say AFRICAN it should be BLACK! The world needs to be educated on this matter. We can’t blame them… We Filipinos also are guilty of stereotyping, when someone says WHITE it must be AMERIKANO! LOL!

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        • Ruby Famous
          Ruby Famous June 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm

          Lol! You are absolutely right. There has been to much movement and mix of race , it’s almost impossible to know where people are from now.
          They have a joke here in America about how ever one is going to look Puerto Rican in 10 yrs because of all interracial marriages. Lol!

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          • SayWhat August 15, 2015 at 2:59 am

            If you acknowledge the diversity in the Philippines, is it really that difficult to acknowledge the diversity among people in Asia? He judges you based on looks and islands in the Pacific. How vague is that? Looks can vary in many different countries. And there are other islands that are considered a part of Asia:

            Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, etc! c’mon now. I suggest you do more research about people in the various Southeast Asian countries, and not look solely at East Asia. That seems to be your issue right there.

      • SayWhat August 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm

        Smart man doesn’t mean they are always right. Instead of looking only at East Asia vs Pacific Islander, look into the differences and similarities between the Philippines and Southeast Asia. I’ve seen many faces that look like yours in other Southeast Asia, especially if u don’t consider ethnic Chinese people.

        Most people in the U.S. have never encountered many Southeast Asians to begin with, most are from the Philippines. So naturally if u see a dark skinned big eyed Asian, they won’t consider their looks as “East Asians aka “Oriental” but u would be quite surprised that many other Southeast Asians share your looks.

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    • Jason Dock Dudley June 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      “chinky eyed” – wow. I hope you were being sarcastic.

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      • joopzkie June 6, 2015 at 4:34 am

        you’re so sensitive. even in the dictionary there is a meaning for that. if those words are offending WEBSTER DICTIONARY should remove it from their list. For me and other ASIANS it is not offending. you are not even asian why being offended? you are american? aren’t you? well this is not america. ONLY in AMERICA it is OFFENDING.

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      • Anonymous June 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

        Joopzkie was only quoting what the author initially wrote in her article. She later revised it to say “chinito” because she was called out on it. Funny how in her attempt to clarify the origin of her race, she doesn’t realize that she just stereotyped that all Asians look Chinese. Joking about “chinky eyes and yellow skin” or saying that “they are taking over the world.. one person at a time ;)” is sadly quite racist.

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        • SayWhat August 13, 2015 at 10:29 pm

          Pretty much. Most people who think of Asians don’t even realize Southeast Asians exist or have rarely encountered them.

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    • SayWhat August 15, 2015 at 3:03 am

      Yup and there are dark skinned, big eyed Southeast Asians too. People who continue to make this argument seem to be oblivious of Southeast Asia and its people. Ignorance at its finest.

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    • Titterling Langs March 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Not Russians, though.

      Except the native Siberian and Turkic types which are a very small % of the population. Just because Russia owns Siberia, it does not make it an Asian country. All of its major population centers are in Europe, Moscow and St. Petersburg are in Europe, and Russia never participates in Asian games, Asian tournaments, Asian organizations, etc.

      Russians are of the same stock as Polish, Serbian, Czech people. Slavic, that is.

      When an average Russian walks down the streets of Tokyo, Beijing, Manila, Bangkok, the people think it’s “an American”. Filipinos say “Hi Joe!”, to him, the Japanese address him in English and call him a gaijin and the Thais shout “farang- farang !”and run away.

      Some Asians those Russians are!

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    • Titterling Langs March 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Not Russians, though.

      Except the native Siberian and Turkic types which are a very small % of the population. Just because Russia owns Siberia, it does not make it an Asian country. All of its major population centers are in Europe, Moscow and St. Petersburg are in Europe, and Russia never participates in Asian games, Asian tournaments, Asian organizations, etc.

      Russians are of the same stock as Polish, Serbian, Czech people. Slavic, that is.

      When an average Russian walks down the streets of Tokyo, Beijing, Manila, Bangkok, the people think it’s “an American”. Filipinos say “Hi Joe!”, to him, the Japanese address him in English and call him a gaijin and the Thais shout “farang- farang !”and run away.

      Some Asians those Russians are!

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  • supervondi June 4, 2015 at 3:06 am

    The question “Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islander?” is flawed to begin with. There is no typical Filipino, just like there is no typical American (are all American’s white?) because of immigration. I’m Malay, Chinese and Spanish and I consider myself Filipino. My family has been in the Philippines for over a century, if not more. Abroad I get mistaken for Japanese, Chinese and Latina, and some people immediately know I’m Filipino.

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    • Emma Yap July 13, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      I know I’m a mixed breed. I’;m always mistaken for a Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, etc but seldom am I taken as Filipino, unless I speak. My Spanish forbears came here during the Spanish regime. Centuries? I really don’t know because on my mother’s side they were more Spanish than Malay.

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      • SayWhat August 15, 2015 at 3:09 am

        Ya it depends on the size of the population. In So Cal, there are just as many dark skinned Filipinos that most people will guess as Filipinos. Funny because I know a Cambodian guy and he says 99% of the time people always think he’s Filipino! It comes to show that it’s really others people experience with various groups that can dictate their knowledge of other ethnic groups.

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  • Eliseo Art Silva June 3, 2015 at 12:57 am

    The misinformation of labelling us as Pacific Islanders or even Philippine Islands stems from racism, propaganda and ignorance. During the American invasion, the United States has to convince the vast majority of Americans and the world that Filipinos are incapable of civilization and would be better off being under their tutelage.

    Because 60% of our documented history belongs to the Indianized Kingdoms of the Philippines (900 AD-1565, which begins with the April 21,900 AD Laguna copperplate- and ends with the conquest of the Kingdom of Manila-totaling 600 years) and 40% belongs to Western Imperialism (1565-1991, Legazpi`s conquest of Manila and the removal of US bases totalling 400 years or 40%) we as a people are indeed Asian, more specifically Southeast Asian- more in common with our SE Asian brethen such as Brunei in the North which directly shaped the Kingdoms of Manila, Tondo, and Pila; as well as Vietnam (Champa), Cambodia and South China which had formal diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Butuan, the largest Philippine Kingdom of the Archipelago. YES- the Philippines is Asian. NO- the country is the very least Pacific Islanders. The Pacific Islander culture is perhaps the original natives of the islands, but not the majority which defined the lands history for at least 1,000 years of our documented history.

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    • uhmbrr June 3, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      very well said.

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    • Ruby Famous
      Ruby Famous June 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks for the info.

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    • Emma Yap July 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      I thought I know my Philippine history. Thanks for this added info. I did not know that the largest kingdom was in Butuan and I come from that region.

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    • SayWhat August 15, 2015 at 3:05 am

      Pretty much the opening of this blog was this:

      “I can’t possibly be Asian because I look closer more like a Pacific Islander and the Philippine Islands are in the Pacific.”

      Most of the arguments are against East Asians, with no acknowledgement to anything about other Southeast Asians. Even forgets that Vietnam is a part of Southeast Asia, and there are other “Asian” countries that consist of islands in the Pacific.

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