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The term Asians refers to the inhabitants of Asia and to their descendants in other places.


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.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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