PART TWO OF THE SERIES
This is part two of my article, Are Filipinos Asian?
In addition, I wrote another article, Yes, Filipinos Are Asian!, in response to a blogger who claimed that Filipinos are Asian-Wannabes, and was simply being hateful toward Filipinos (and obviously ignorant and miss-educated).
I feel that enough research is warranted to further prove that The Philippines is regarded as an Asian country and that Filipinos are in fact Asian (Southeast Asian to be exact).
Articles in the Series
Separating Fact from Fiction
I also think that many Filipino-Americans and those who’ve been raised outside of their homeland might have an identity crisis with regards to their ethnic origins. This, unfortunately can be fueled by those people out there who are critical or hateful of the Filipino people.
Thus, there are a few very distinct ideologies regarding the classification of the Filipino people, that has caused much confusion and dis-information. And it’s important that we get all the facts straight.
Reasons People Say Filipinos Aren’t Asian
- 1. They consider Filipinos to be Pacific Islander.
- 2. More Than 200 Years of Spanish Rule.
- 3. Filipinos themselves not wanting to be regarded as Asian.
- 4. The idea that only Far Eastern or East Asian peoples are considered true Asian.
An Update on the “Pacific Islander” Issue
A recent article discusses evidence found in China that explains that the Chinese were maritime travelers who sailed the Pacific Ocean as far back as 7,000 years ago…
…if anything, Pacific Islanders have their origins in Southeast China, Taiwan, and Northern Philippines. So, Pacific Islanders are descended from The Philippines and Asia, and not the other way around.
China had a sea-faring civilization as long as 7000 years ago. Archaeologist Tianlong Jiao says, one day, these mariners sailed their canoes into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, and stayed. He points out, “Most scientists, archaeologists, historical linguists and human biologists agree that today’s southeast China, Taiwan and Northern Philippines, the whole region is the ultimate homeland of the Austronesian people.” The Austronesians include today’s Polynesian, Micronesian, Melanesian, and the indigenous people in Philippines, in the Southeast Asia archipelago, and in Taiwan.
Asian Studies at the Academic Level
I think enough dialogue has been expressed on the world wide web (by both Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike) to warrant further study into this matter and to rightly acknowledge that The Philippines is in fact a Southeast Asian country and has closer ties to Asia than many probably consider.
When I was taking courses at San Diego State University (and this was now decades ago) I at one time minored in Asian Studies and I took courses that studied Asia from a broader view, and also focused on specific countries, ethnicities, etc. Filipino Studies was always a part of the Asian Studies group.
Academic and Socio-Political Organizations
In fact, if you ignore Wikipedia.org (since a few people question its authenticity and reliability) and focus on various university and socio-political organizations, you will see that The Philippines has always been regarded as a Southeast Asian country.
UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies recognizes The Philippines as a Southeast Asian country.
The Southeast Asian Regional Exchange Program, whose offices can be found in both Quezon City, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan, acknowledge that The Philippines is a part of Asia.
The Council of Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University acknowledges that The Philippines is an Asian country.
ISEAS – Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, acknowledges The Philippines as a Southeast Asian country.
The U.S. Census Bureau classifies Filipinos as Asian
Another important fact is that the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes that The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country and that Filipinos are Asian.
The U.S. Census Bureau recognizes the following ethnicities to be Asian: Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Pakistani, Thai, and Other.
Filipinos were not listed as other because of the fact that they are among the largest groups of Asians in the U.S. Presumably, Indonesians and Malaysians would fall under the “other” category simply because of population considerations with regards to the charts.
Here is another chart (above) that lists Filipinos as Asian.
And another U.S. Census Bureau chart that lists Filipinos as Asian and 3rd in regards to highest median family income in 1999.
There are so many sources that acknowledge that The Philippines is an Asian country, and that Filipinos are indeed Asian.
The only reasoning Filipinos would be in denial of this fact is that they want to distance themselves from the “Asian” category, or they want to consider themselves as unique.
The fact is, we are ALL unique individuals already. And Filipinos are rightly a unique people, just as every person has a unique background, culture and ethnic origin.
Also, one of the main reasons to write articles like this, would be to educate and inform those critics of the Filipino people.
Another reason is that I see young Filipino kids out there who are confused and unsure of their identity. They may have heard or read negative remarks about their cultural heritage, and once again I write to set the record straight.
We may be unique Asians who’ve been under colonial rule by the Spanish, and then the United States. This may make us unique as an Asian country, but the fact remains that The Philippines is an Asian country and that Filipinos are indeed Asian.
Anyone who is in denial of all the facts presented needs to have a change of heart, and a change of mind…