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The term Asian refer to the continent of Asia or its people.

Asia is inhabited by several different groups such as Caucasoids and East Asians. As such the term "Asians" does not correspond to one of the usually described major human races.

In the United States, the term "Asian" may refer to East Asians, i.e., Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans.

In the United Kingdom, the term may refer to people from South Asia (in particular Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives)

Another term is Oriental, referring to the Orient ("the East"), and contrasted with Occidental and the Occident ("the West"). What regions are referred to vary. Today sometimes considered Eurocentric and therefore somewhat disparaging, despite not used as such.

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