Yes, Filipinos Are Asian!

THIS ARTICLE IS A DIRECT REPLY to those who have been putting down Filipinos and calling them “Fake Asians”.

Are you Filipino and wondering if you are Asian or not?

Stop worrying… you are! But you are also unique!

Filipinos are Southeast Asian!

You may not be East Asian like the Japanese, Koreans and Chinese, but you ARE Asian.

Specifically, Southeast Asian, like the Singaporeans, Indonesians, Malaysians, Vietnamese and Thai peoples.

Yet, Filipinos Are Unique

philippinesAnd, here is where I provide sound factual information, not misleading opinions promoted by people who seem to just hate Filipinos.

We are a unique people, with a colorful history and rich culture. And we are Asian.

Note: Please read my companion posts , Are Filipinos Asian? AND Are Filipinos Asian? (part 2), which cover this topic with a bit more depth.

I know I will be giving this person undeserved hits to his blog, but I just wanted to straighten this person out. Because he accuses Filipinos of being Fake Asians, which is utterly false!

Definitely not a nice person, he says:
The bottom line is I dont give a f**k about the Filipinos. I don’t care if they exist or not. If you are a Filipino and you have nothing to be proud of then too bad, don’t go around claiming you are Asian, it makes us look bad.

Links To Reliable Sources

No long explanation needed from my end. I’m wasting my time. Instead, all I need to do is point to a few sources that settle this matter once-and-for-all:

The Asian vs Pacific Islander Debate

And this person claims that Filipinos are “Pacific Islanders” which is also false:
Over the last decade or so, more and more Filipinos are refusing to be correctly labeled as Pacific Islander.

Check out the following information, taken from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Use Summary Tape File 1, Table P7. This table provides counts for the following Asian and Pacific Islander population groups:

ASIAN

Chinese
Filipino
Japanese
Asian Indian
Korean
Vietnamese
Cambodian
Hmong
Laotian
Thai
Other Asian

PACIFIC ISLANDER

Polynesian
Hawaiian
Samoan
Tongan
Other Polynesian
Micronesian
Guamanian
Other Micronesian
Pacific Islander, not specified

I REST MY CASE!!!

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89 thoughts on “Yes, Filipinos Are Asian!

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 9:05 pm
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    Wow. There are some pretty outspoken posts there. Interesting to read how different people view different things…

    Don’t let it bother you too much. You made your point, and I don’t see (logically) any posibble way to group Filipinos as Pacific Islanders.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 1:05 pm
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    Wow. There are some pretty outspoken posts there. Interesting to read how different people view different things…

    Don’t let it bother you too much. You made your point, and I don’t see (logically) any posibble way to group Filipinos as Pacific Islanders.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 10:21 pm
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    double that wow.

    i don’t know what makes a person to write like that. i don’t get that he doesn’t care about filipinos but yet feels so strongly about whether or not they are “asians”. obviously he cares… why else would he write?

    seriously people like him in the world who concentrate on drama over nothing…. really saddens me. there is so much bad in the world as is… no need to add to it. gah.

    *HUGS* carlos… my favorite asian friend! 🙂

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 2:21 pm
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    double that wow.

    i don’t know what makes a person to write like that. i don’t get that he doesn’t care about filipinos but yet feels so strongly about whether or not they are “asians”. obviously he cares… why else would he write?

    seriously people like him in the world who concentrate on drama over nothing…. really saddens me. there is so much bad in the world as is… no need to add to it. gah.

    *HUGS* carlos… my favorite asian friend! 🙂

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 10:26 pm
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    Annie: thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

    *HUGS*

    Fishlamp: and thank you so very much! yes, it’s so logical isn’t it… otherwise, we’d have to call Japanese people ‘pacific islanders’ too, which also doesn’t sound right.

    Peace & Love

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 2:26 pm
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    Annie: thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

    *HUGS*

    Fishlamp: and thank you so very much! yes, it’s so logical isn’t it… otherwise, we’d have to call Japanese people ‘pacific islanders’ too, which also doesn’t sound right.

    Peace & Love

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 10:43 pm
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    ok i just read the whole site. i think this person is just plain…. racist.

    and i refuse to talk about that blog anymore because it’s just disgusting. *pukes*

    carlos… don’t take anything that person said to heart cuz it’s a complete waste of time and i don’t know one person that would agree with it.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 2:43 pm
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    ok i just read the whole site. i think this person is just plain…. racist.

    and i refuse to talk about that blog anymore because it’s just disgusting. *pukes*

    carlos… don’t take anything that person said to heart cuz it’s a complete waste of time and i don’t know one person that would agree with it.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 10:54 pm
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    annie… i’ll definitely take your advice to heart. thank you.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 2:54 pm
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    annie… i’ll definitely take your advice to heart. thank you.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 11:50 pm
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    i don’t really care if this person thinks that filipinos aren’t asians. the thing that bothers me about this post is the pictures and examples that the person uses to make his or her point.

    I mean, if you’re going to post something about what “category” some race belongs to, post information (like the things you posted) supporting your position. don’t use stupid examples and pictures that’ll make you look like an asshat who just hates filipinos.

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 3:50 pm
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    i don’t really care if this person thinks that filipinos aren’t asians. the thing that bothers me about this post is the pictures and examples that the person uses to make his or her point.

    I mean, if you’re going to post something about what “category” some race belongs to, post information (like the things you posted) supporting your position. don’t use stupid examples and pictures that’ll make you look like an asshat who just hates filipinos.

  • Thursday February 9, 2006 at 5:30 am
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    Denise: i couldn’t have said that better. 😉

    thank you!

  • Wednesday February 8, 2006 at 9:30 pm
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    Denise: i couldn’t have said that better. 😉

    thank you!

  • Friday February 10, 2006 at 10:28 pm
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    Oh annie! you’re my favorite Asian friend too! thank you! 🙂

  • Friday February 10, 2006 at 2:28 pm
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    Oh annie! you’re my favorite Asian friend too! thank you! 🙂

  • Tuesday June 19, 2007 at 2:48 am
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    [ UPDATE ]

    The blogger who accused Filipinos of being Fake Asians (in other words, saying that we Filipinos are NOT Asians but pretending to be (or aspiring to be) Asians, has closed down his blog…

    All I have to say is that there is overwhelming documentation that Filipinos have always been classified as Asians, the Philippines is part of the group of countries in the region of Southeast Asia, and that the Asian Pacific Islander label came about as a way to classify Filipino Americans.

    It is a fact that Filipinos and their culture is unique, a combination of Spanish, Chinese and Malay cultural heritage, and this uniqueness does not take away from the fact that Filipinos are still Asian.

    The blogger who was dumping on Filipinos, trashing us and our cultural heritage is a total coward. He closed down his blog because he knows he is wrong, and not only wrong but has proven to all that he is just a complete jerk and not a very nice person.

    Anyone who is a coward like that has no business stating his opinions if he can’t stand by them, and thus, he has proven to us that he is not credible.

  • Monday June 18, 2007 at 6:48 pm
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    [ UPDATE ]

    The blogger who accused Filipinos of being Fake Asians (in other words, saying that we Filipinos are NOT Asians but pretending to be (or aspiring to be) Asians, has closed down his blog…

    All I have to say is that there is overwhelming documentation that Filipinos have always been classified as Asians, the Philippines is part of the group of countries in the region of Southeast Asia, and that the Asian Pacific Islander label came about as a way to classify Filipino Americans.

    It is a fact that Filipinos and their culture is unique, a combination of Spanish, Chinese and Malay cultural heritage, and this uniqueness does not take away from the fact that Filipinos are still Asian.

    The blogger who was dumping on Filipinos, trashing us and our cultural heritage is a total coward. He closed down his blog because he knows he is wrong, and not only wrong but has proven to all that he is just a complete jerk and not a very nice person.

    Anyone who is a coward like that has no business stating his opinions if he can’t stand by them, and thus, he has proven to us that he is not credible.

  • Friday December 7, 2007 at 12:45 am
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    Some Chinese girl told me Japanese are not Asian they are islanders.I was like What?! Japanese are Asian we just happen to live on bunch of Islands.So I guess Philippine people have the same problem.

    Maybe because we are unique they think only Chinese are Asian.
    Japanese originated from the asian mainland and Se asia.Bunch of migrants came to Japan and wala japanese were made.

    I read that Philippine are an Austronesian people.We are altaic-austonesian mix apprently. So we could be related.Lots of okinawans look like philippine.

  • Thursday December 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm
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    Some Chinese girl told me Japanese are not Asian they are islanders.I was like What?! Japanese are Asian we just happen to live on bunch of Islands.So I guess Philippine people have the same problem.

    Maybe because we are unique they think only Chinese are Asian.
    Japanese originated from the asian mainland and Se asia.Bunch of migrants came to Japan and wala japanese were made.

    I read that Philippine are an Austronesian people.We are altaic-austonesian mix apprently. So we could be related.Lots of okinawans look like philippine.

  • Friday December 7, 2007 at 12:56 am
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    Aikawa: thank you for your thoughts. there are definitely a lot of misconceptions as to the origins of people.

    i read about filipinos originating from Austronesian people. and taiwanese people have origins from Austronesian race as well.

    filipinos have problems sometimes being labeled. pacific islander is really meant to identify hawaiians, samoans, etc. people from oceania. the philippines is really part of southeast asia, just like malaysians and indonesians.

  • Thursday December 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm
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    Aikawa: thank you for your thoughts. there are definitely a lot of misconceptions as to the origins of people.

    i read about filipinos originating from Austronesian people. and taiwanese people have origins from Austronesian race as well.

    filipinos have problems sometimes being labeled. pacific islander is really meant to identify hawaiians, samoans, etc. people from oceania. the philippines is really part of southeast asia, just like malaysians and indonesians.

  • Monday February 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm
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    Fhillipino Peepz are ASIANS, Not Pacific Islanders!!
    The filipinos that claim they are Pacific Islanders is only trying to deny that they are a part of South East Asia, that really sucks

  • Monday February 4, 2008 at 6:13 am
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    Fhillipino Peepz are ASIANS, Not Pacific Islanders!!
    The filipinos that claim they are Pacific Islanders is only trying to deny that they are a part of South East Asia, that really sucks

  • Sunday March 16, 2008 at 5:15 am
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    The Philippines is apart of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Now why in the world would they be apart of this is they weren’t considered Asian?

    It’s sad how people enforce stereotypes through ignorance. NEWSFLASH, not all ASIANS look like EAST ASIANS. Anyone who says Filipinos aren’t Asian clearly has not traveled to countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, heck I would even say Cambodia. People use the most stupid excuses to discriminate against other groups. Filipinos are not necessarily like Japanese, Chinese, or Koreans but there are OTHER ASIANS who aren’t like that either.

    People if you can not see through your own ignorance and how you let stereotypes brainwash you, then no can help you.

    ENOUGH SAID.

  • Saturday March 15, 2008 at 9:15 pm
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    The Philippines is apart of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Now why in the world would they be apart of this is they weren’t considered Asian?

    It’s sad how people enforce stereotypes through ignorance. NEWSFLASH, not all ASIANS look like EAST ASIANS. Anyone who says Filipinos aren’t Asian clearly has not traveled to countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, heck I would even say Cambodia. People use the most stupid excuses to discriminate against other groups. Filipinos are not necessarily like Japanese, Chinese, or Koreans but there are OTHER ASIANS who aren’t like that either.

    People if you can not see through your own ignorance and how you let stereotypes brainwash you, then no can help you.

    ENOUGH SAID.

  • Sunday March 16, 2008 at 5:21 am
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    The Filipinos being Austronesian is a weakass excuse too. First and foremost, most of the Filipinos who claim “Pacific Islander” over “Asian” are Filipino-Americans. It’s really sad how Filipino-Americans have basically denied many things. Heck there are Filipino-Americans who are embarrassed and reject other Filipinos because they may have accents. The real issue is not amongst Filipinos from the Philippines because the majority realize that their nation is considered as part of SouthEast Asia.

    The issue here is with Fil-Ams. Youtube the video “Speak Out: Filipinos vs Americans”. You will see the discussion between both groups.

    If you think that Filipinos don’t look Asian, Youtube the video “Learn about SE ASIA”. All the information of Filipinos being Asian is not that difficult to understand.

    Also “Austronesians” can be found throughout Asia, so that is a stupid excuse to say you are not Asian. Asian is not exclusive to EAST ASIA.

    For all the people who say Filipinos don’t eat with chopsticks either, there are other Asians who don’t eat with chopsticks. Look it up, you might learn something new instead of generalizing and make yourself look even more ignorant.

    Enough said.

  • Saturday March 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm
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    The Filipinos being Austronesian is a weakass excuse too. First and foremost, most of the Filipinos who claim “Pacific Islander” over “Asian” are Filipino-Americans. It’s really sad how Filipino-Americans have basically denied many things. Heck there are Filipino-Americans who are embarrassed and reject other Filipinos because they may have accents. The real issue is not amongst Filipinos from the Philippines because the majority realize that their nation is considered as part of SouthEast Asia.

    The issue here is with Fil-Ams. Youtube the video “Speak Out: Filipinos vs Americans”. You will see the discussion between both groups.

    If you think that Filipinos don’t look Asian, Youtube the video “Learn about SE ASIA”. All the information of Filipinos being Asian is not that difficult to understand.

    Also “Austronesians” can be found throughout Asia, so that is a stupid excuse to say you are not Asian. Asian is not exclusive to EAST ASIA.

    For all the people who say Filipinos don’t eat with chopsticks either, there are other Asians who don’t eat with chopsticks. Look it up, you might learn something new instead of generalizing and make yourself look even more ignorant.

    Enough said.

  • Monday March 17, 2008 at 12:27 am
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    There was actually a big filipino issue raised on youtube over the America’s Best Dance Crew thing because two of the top crews were predominantly Asian and one of those groups was predominantly Filipino. It got ridiculous.

    I don’t know the motives for some Filipinos saying that they’re not asian. As a Filipino, I recognize that I’m asian. While I’m proud of being Filipino, I sometimes feel ashamed to be asian. There’s a lot of inter-asian racism against Filipinos that I don’t understand. A friend of mine (he’s white) dated a Japanese girl one time, her dad had to take a moment and then he told her it was ok as long as she didn’t date any Blacks, Hispanics, or FIlipinos. Another time, when my sister was rushing for an asian sorority and at a party the asian guys looked at her as though she didn’t belong there. With some asians acting that way, it could make anyone feel like they wouldn’t want to be a part of that. It’s already bad enough to get the “ching-chang-chong” treatment from non-asians, but getting the “you shouldn’t be a part of our race” treatment from other asians makes me want to abandon it as a part of my identity.

    I recognize that not all asians are like that. I have friends that are Chinese. They’re open-minded and nice people. Any form of racism should be addressed on an individual basis. It’s just hard to not be mad sometimes.

  • Sunday March 16, 2008 at 4:27 pm
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    There was actually a big filipino issue raised on youtube over the America’s Best Dance Crew thing because two of the top crews were predominantly Asian and one of those groups was predominantly Filipino. It got ridiculous.

    I don’t know the motives for some Filipinos saying that they’re not asian. As a Filipino, I recognize that I’m asian. While I’m proud of being Filipino, I sometimes feel ashamed to be asian. There’s a lot of inter-asian racism against Filipinos that I don’t understand. A friend of mine (he’s white) dated a Japanese girl one time, her dad had to take a moment and then he told her it was ok as long as she didn’t date any Blacks, Hispanics, or FIlipinos. Another time, when my sister was rushing for an asian sorority and at a party the asian guys looked at her as though she didn’t belong there. With some asians acting that way, it could make anyone feel like they wouldn’t want to be a part of that. It’s already bad enough to get the “ching-chang-chong” treatment from non-asians, but getting the “you shouldn’t be a part of our race” treatment from other asians makes me want to abandon it as a part of my identity.

    I recognize that not all asians are like that. I have friends that are Chinese. They’re open-minded and nice people. Any form of racism should be addressed on an individual basis. It’s just hard to not be mad sometimes.

  • Thursday March 20, 2008 at 9:46 am
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    If Japanese are “Asian,” then Filipinos are definitely “Asian.” ’nuff said.

  • Thursday March 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm
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    If Japanese are “Asian,” then Filipinos are definitely “Asian.” ’nuff said.

  • Thursday March 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm
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    Kyberos: thank you for your input. :o)

    Everyone: please check out my newer article in which I further explore this issue: Are Filipinos Asian?

  • Tuesday March 25, 2008 at 9:25 am
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    The America’s Best Dance Crew issue wasn’t about the groups being Asian, it’s the fact that one of the groups was named after a Filipino group but consisted of no Filipinos. This group was Kaba Modern. It wasn’t really about the members being Asian, heck if that group was all black or white. People would of still complained, because they were expecting FILIPINOS because the name itself.

    However if people actually took the time and did some research. It was posted that initially two members of Kaba Modern, who were going to audition with the Kaba Modern team that was on MTV, had to stay in UC Irvine because they became the new coordinators of the actual Kaba Modern dance team. Those two members were of Filipino descent.

    On the other hand, JabbaWockeez got much support because they had Asians which included Filipino members.

    I also think it works both ways. Fil-Ams who don’t think their Asian, and other Asians who think Filipinos aren’t Asian. It’s all bullshit really. It’s like when Fil-Ams talk shit about Filipinos because of their accents, or Filipinos who criticize Fil-Ams just because they might not know Tagalog (which isn’t the only language in the Philippines btw).

  • Tuesday March 25, 2008 at 1:25 am
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    The America’s Best Dance Crew issue wasn’t about the groups being Asian, it’s the fact that one of the groups was named after a Filipino group but consisted of no Filipinos. This group was Kaba Modern. It wasn’t really about the members being Asian, heck if that group was all black or white. People would of still complained, because they were expecting FILIPINOS because the name itself.

    However if people actually took the time and did some research. It was posted that initially two members of Kaba Modern, who were going to audition with the Kaba Modern team that was on MTV, had to stay in UC Irvine because they became the new coordinators of the actual Kaba Modern dance team. Those two members were of Filipino descent.

    On the other hand, JabbaWockeez got much support because they had Asians which included Filipino members.

    I also think it works both ways. Fil-Ams who don’t think their Asian, and other Asians who think Filipinos aren’t Asian. It’s all bullshit really. It’s like when Fil-Ams talk shit about Filipinos because of their accents, or Filipinos who criticize Fil-Ams just because they might not know Tagalog (which isn’t the only language in the Philippines btw).

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  • Thursday July 10, 2008 at 9:42 am
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    Leah: You’re welcome! :o)

    To the last Anonymous who wrote a lot of awful stuff about us Filipinos… who are you, and why are you hiding? You don’t want anyone to know how much of a racist and bigot you are. Hey, those are your own words that tells us who you are.

    You can lay a lot of negative crap on any ethnic group, but the fact remains that Filipinos are Asian. I suggest you do further reading to open and free your mind.

  • Thursday July 10, 2008 at 1:42 am
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    Leah: You’re welcome! :o)

    To the last Anonymous who wrote a lot of awful stuff about us Filipinos… who are you, and why are you hiding? You don’t want anyone to know how much of a racist and bigot you are. Hey, those are your own words that tells us who you are.

    You can lay a lot of negative crap on any ethnic group, but the fact remains that Filipinos are Asian. I suggest you do further reading to open and free your mind.

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  • Monday July 21, 2008 at 11:14 am
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    Wikipedia is biased

    RULE #1 IN UNIVERSITY

    NEVER TRUST SOURCE THAT IS FROM WIKIPEDIA

  • Monday July 21, 2008 at 3:14 am
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    Wikipedia is biased

    RULE #1 IN UNIVERSITY

    NEVER TRUST SOURCE THAT IS FROM WIKIPEDIA

  • Monday July 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm
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    Wikipedia is actually the 7th most popular website in the world. It is by far the most popular encyclopedia on the Internet. It’s even more popular than Facebook.com.

    AS FOR FREE SPEECH HERE. I GIVE EVERYONE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND COMMENT. BUT, I STILL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT OR DELETE ANY COMMENTS THAT I FEEL DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOPIC OR ENTRY BEING DISCUSSED. ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE DEROGATORY TOWARD ANY ETHNIC GROUP!

    I WILL TAKE DOWN ANY COMMENTS THAT ARE NOT FACTUAL AND NOT INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN.

  • Monday July 21, 2008 at 10:03 am
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    Wikipedia is actually the 7th most popular website in the world. It is by far the most popular encyclopedia on the Internet. It’s even more popular than Facebook.com.

    AS FOR FREE SPEECH HERE. I GIVE EVERYONE THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES AND COMMENT. BUT, I STILL RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT OR DELETE ANY COMMENTS THAT I FEEL DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE TOPIC OR ENTRY BEING DISCUSSED. ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE DEROGATORY TOWARD ANY ETHNIC GROUP!

    I WILL TAKE DOWN ANY COMMENTS THAT ARE NOT FACTUAL AND NOT INTELLIGENTLY WRITTEN.

  • Wednesday September 24, 2008 at 12:35 pm
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    You know, as a full-blooded filipina or whatever you want to call me…. Why should race define who we are as people anyway? I’ve been asked many times my ethnic background and when i’ve responded, i’ve gotten.. “Oh, you look Hawaiian to me” or “I thought you were Cambodian” or I even got “You look a bit Hispanic!” Oh well.. In your mind, I am whatever you want me to be, whether fact or fiction. I see race as part of me, but not who I am as a person. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a small unimportant trait we define people by.

  • Wednesday September 24, 2008 at 4:35 am
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    You know, as a full-blooded filipina or whatever you want to call me…. Why should race define who we are as people anyway? I’ve been asked many times my ethnic background and when i’ve responded, i’ve gotten.. “Oh, you look Hawaiian to me” or “I thought you were Cambodian” or I even got “You look a bit Hispanic!” Oh well.. In your mind, I am whatever you want me to be, whether fact or fiction. I see race as part of me, but not who I am as a person. In the grand scheme of things, it’s a small unimportant trait we define people by.

  • Wednesday September 24, 2008 at 5:40 pm
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    Nicole: Thank you for your thoughts. I get the same thing, actually. I’ve been mistaken for Hawaiian and Latino. And one colleague I have worked with for more than 10 years had thought I was Mexican the entire time. I guess I never told him I’m Filipino-American.

  • Wednesday September 24, 2008 at 9:40 am
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    Nicole: Thank you for your thoughts. I get the same thing, actually. I’ve been mistaken for Hawaiian and Latino. And one colleague I have worked with for more than 10 years had thought I was Mexican the entire time. I guess I never told him I’m Filipino-American.

  • Saturday October 11, 2008 at 6:42 am
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    Of course Filipinos are Asian. Most people of Austronesian descent are also Asian.

    However, here is the interesting point. Most of the people in Madagascar (off the coast of Africa) and most Pacific Islanders (Polynesians, Micronesians and many Melanesians) are also of Austronesian ancestry.

    So, while Filipinos are Asian, we are also linguistic and probably ethnic cousins of most Pacific Islanders and some Africans (which no other Asians are, or not as closely as we are, as far as I know)

    Have a good day!

  • Friday October 10, 2008 at 10:42 pm
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    Of course Filipinos are Asian. Most people of Austronesian descent are also Asian.

    However, here is the interesting point. Most of the people in Madagascar (off the coast of Africa) and most Pacific Islanders (Polynesians, Micronesians and many Melanesians) are also of Austronesian ancestry.

    So, while Filipinos are Asian, we are also linguistic and probably ethnic cousins of most Pacific Islanders and some Africans (which no other Asians are, or not as closely as we are, as far as I know)

    Have a good day!

  • Tuesday October 21, 2008 at 1:42 am
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    Actually if you knew anything about linguistics and ethnic cousins of Filipinos….

    It’s very apparent that Filipinos share lots of similarities with Indonesians and Malaysians, which are in fact Asian.

    If you’re talking about Africans that share lineage with Filipinos…then you obviously haven’t researched Cambodia.

    Again, it seems to me that people who have this whole debate if Filipinos are Asian or Pacific Islander are completely oblivious to SE ASIANS or South Asians…and only view Asians as East Asians.

    The similarities, whether it’s with ethnicities, culture, or language…it’s very apparent that Filipinos share these with SE ASIANS, more specifically Malaysians and Indonesians.

    I think people really need to do due their research beyond East Asia, before they even make this stupid debate of Filipinos…Asian or Pacific Islander.

  • Monday October 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm
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    Actually if you knew anything about linguistics and ethnic cousins of Filipinos….

    It’s very apparent that Filipinos share lots of similarities with Indonesians and Malaysians, which are in fact Asian.

    If you’re talking about Africans that share lineage with Filipinos…then you obviously haven’t researched Cambodia.

    Again, it seems to me that people who have this whole debate if Filipinos are Asian or Pacific Islander are completely oblivious to SE ASIANS or South Asians…and only view Asians as East Asians.

    The similarities, whether it’s with ethnicities, culture, or language…it’s very apparent that Filipinos share these with SE ASIANS, more specifically Malaysians and Indonesians.

    I think people really need to do due their research beyond East Asia, before they even make this stupid debate of Filipinos…Asian or Pacific Islander.

  • Wednesday November 5, 2008 at 8:21 am
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    CaliStunna: Thank you for your thoughts.

  • Friday November 21, 2008 at 2:28 am
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    omg… ok i know there is straight controversy over this shiiit.. cuz im filipino and i hate when people call me asian… i believe that we are islanders. we dont stay in asia we are in our own island. when you take tests and apply for jobs or what not when they ask for you nationality most of the time they put filipino in there own category or even filipino with another category excluding us from asians

  • Thursday November 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm
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    omg… ok i know there is straight controversy over this shiiit.. cuz im filipino and i hate when people call me asian… i believe that we are islanders. we dont stay in asia we are in our own island. when you take tests and apply for jobs or what not when they ask for you nationality most of the time they put filipino in there own category or even filipino with another category excluding us from asians

  • Wednesday December 10, 2008 at 8:16 am
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    the U.S. Census Bureau, ASEAN, and the United Nations all acknowledge that the Philippines is an Asian country. The reason why Filipinos had been classified separately from other Asian groups on application forms is that:

    1. We have more of a connection to the U.S. than other Asian countries, because the Philippines used to be a “colony” of the U.S. A territory, before gaining our independence from the U.S.

    2. Also, Filipinos have been the largest Asian group, and in the past other Asian groups were much smaller in number. Thus, making Filipinos distinct from the other Asian groups.

    3. Lack of knowledge on the part of those people creating application forms and such have helped to cause much confusion as to the fact that Filipinos are actually Asian. Plus the confusion that East Asians were the only people considered true Asians.

    True Pacific Islanders comprise peoples from Oceania: Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. Though there may be remote ethnic ties to Asians, true Pacific Islanders have very unique customs, genetic differences, etc. that set them apart from Asians.

    Of course, any Filipino can deny that they are Asian, and proclaim they are Pacific Islander. Though that would be like me proclaiming I’m Tibetan simply because I want to be. But genetically I am Filipino-Asian.

  • Wednesday December 10, 2008 at 12:16 am
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    the U.S. Census Bureau, ASEAN, and the United Nations all acknowledge that the Philippines is an Asian country. The reason why Filipinos had been classified separately from other Asian groups on application forms is that:

    1. We have more of a connection to the U.S. than other Asian countries, because the Philippines used to be a “colony” of the U.S. A territory, before gaining our independence from the U.S.

    2. Also, Filipinos have been the largest Asian group, and in the past other Asian groups were much smaller in number. Thus, making Filipinos distinct from the other Asian groups.

    3. Lack of knowledge on the part of those people creating application forms and such have helped to cause much confusion as to the fact that Filipinos are actually Asian. Plus the confusion that East Asians were the only people considered true Asians.

    True Pacific Islanders comprise peoples from Oceania: Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. Though there may be remote ethnic ties to Asians, true Pacific Islanders have very unique customs, genetic differences, etc. that set them apart from Asians.

    Of course, any Filipino can deny that they are Asian, and proclaim they are Pacific Islander. Though that would be like me proclaiming I’m Tibetan simply because I want to be. But genetically I am Filipino-Asian.

  • Tuesday February 10, 2009 at 8:30 am
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    I’m totally with you Carlos…I am Filipino, but I’m actually Tsinoy (with some Spanish blood). I have been researching about our people and the cultural heritage for the past 5 years. I use to live in the bay area in a suburb called Union City (a huge Filipino Community). When I was living there, Filipinos left and right (in my old high school) are arguing about whether we’re Asian or Pacific Islander. Majority of them said that we’re Pacific Islanders. All of a sudden, a Filipino student in my high school started a petition about that we should be categorized as Pacific Islanders. I got totally offended about their actions and denied their petition, so this is where i start the 5 years of research. What I got so far, the Island of Luzon was actually inhabited by the Chinese, long before the Spanish came. The first Chinese settlers formed their little empire and had diplomatic ties with China in that region since the Ming dynasty. Also, during that time, Japanese merchants also settled in the Philippines along with the Malays. So as of today, most Filipinos have Chinese blood (some may have Japanese blood) in them. Overall, i might leave out some other ethnic groups during the early civilizations of the
    Philippines, but this gives a general view of what Filipinos are.

  • Tuesday February 10, 2009 at 12:30 am
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    I’m totally with you Carlos…I am Filipino, but I’m actually Tsinoy (with some Spanish blood). I have been researching about our people and the cultural heritage for the past 5 years. I use to live in the bay area in a suburb called Union City (a huge Filipino Community). When I was living there, Filipinos left and right (in my old high school) are arguing about whether we’re Asian or Pacific Islander. Majority of them said that we’re Pacific Islanders. All of a sudden, a Filipino student in my high school started a petition about that we should be categorized as Pacific Islanders. I got totally offended about their actions and denied their petition, so this is where i start the 5 years of research. What I got so far, the Island of Luzon was actually inhabited by the Chinese, long before the Spanish came. The first Chinese settlers formed their little empire and had diplomatic ties with China in that region since the Ming dynasty. Also, during that time, Japanese merchants also settled in the Philippines along with the Malays. So as of today, most Filipinos have Chinese blood (some may have Japanese blood) in them. Overall, i might leave out some other ethnic groups during the early civilizations of the
    Philippines, but this gives a general view of what Filipinos are.

  • Friday February 27, 2009 at 9:14 am
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    FIRST AND FOR MOST DON’T use wikipedia as a resource, b/c the info. is not always right.. People can write whatever they want, it’s a free website that people can right anything…

    FILIPINO are ASIAN… Philippines is Located in SOUTH EAST ASIA, a member of ASEAN, always present in ASIA SONG FESTIVAL, and REGINE VELASQUEZ titled as (ASIA’s SONGBIRD). Those are somethings that people can HEAR and SEE….

    >>>Does it have to be being ASIAN knows how to eat with CHOPSTICK and must have CHINKY eyes (I’m not a racist)???<<< NOPE… you don’t have to. <<<<>> PHILIPPINES, CHINA, JAPAN, and etc. are made of ISLANDS… And you guys know that right??? THAT’S why they call it REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES and PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA <<<<<<<<<<

    FILIPINO or PEOPLE from the PHILIPPINES are ASIAN.

  • Friday February 27, 2009 at 1:14 am
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    FIRST AND FOR MOST DON’T use wikipedia as a resource, b/c the info. is not always right.. People can write whatever they want, it’s a free website that people can right anything…

    FILIPINO are ASIAN… Philippines is Located in SOUTH EAST ASIA, a member of ASEAN, always present in ASIA SONG FESTIVAL, and REGINE VELASQUEZ titled as (ASIA’s SONGBIRD). Those are somethings that people can HEAR and SEE….

    >>>Does it have to be being ASIAN knows how to eat with CHOPSTICK and must have CHINKY eyes (I’m not a racist)???<<< NOPE… you don’t have to. <<<<>> PHILIPPINES, CHINA, JAPAN, and etc. are made of ISLANDS… And you guys know that right??? THAT’S why they call it REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES and PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA <<<<<<<<<<

    FILIPINO or PEOPLE from the PHILIPPINES are ASIAN.

  • Friday March 6, 2009 at 1:20 pm
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    “ok i know there is straight controversy over this shiiit.. cuz im filipino and i hate when people call me asian… i believe that we are islanders. we dont stay in asia we are in our own island. when you take tests and apply for jobs or what not when they ask for you nationality most of the time they put filipino in there own category or even filipino with another category excluding us from asians ”

    LOL! These two are the most common pathetic excuses I’ve seen used by some of these ignorant Fil-Ams. If Filipino have their own category separating them from Asians, that also means they have their own category separated from “PACIFIC ISLANDERS”. Think about that!

    Filipinos having their own category is usually in CA and this is because it is detrimental to Filipinos statistically trying to apply to schools that consider race as a factor. Since Filipinos make up one of the largest Asian groups in CA, Filipinos who apply to CA schools would be affected by the schools that take race into consideration.

    Philippines being an island? PLEASE! The Philippines is made up of many islands, the Philippines is considered a archipelago. That is like saying “CUBANS” should no longer be considered as “LATINO or HISPANIC” because their country is an island! Pathetic reasoning! Not only that, people who make comments about “having their own island” still seem to oblivious about ASIA in general.

    Indonesia
    Malaysia
    Japan
    Borneo/Brunei
    East Timor
    Singapore

    heck even China and Vietnam has islands…..

    Again, it seems to me that this topic really is more about Filipino-American identity rather than “Asian or Pacific Islander”. Look up Speak Out. Notice how they even discuss Filipino-Americans who discriminate against Filipinos. So spare me with the “I HATE BEING CALLED ASIAN” when in fact there are Filipino-Americans who don’t even want to associate themselves with FILIPINOS.

    Oh ya don’t be reading the ASIANJOURNAL or watching LA18TV anytime soon, that will probably really upset you since both consider Filipinos as Asian.

  • Friday March 6, 2009 at 5:20 am
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    “ok i know there is straight controversy over this shiiit.. cuz im filipino and i hate when people call me asian… i believe that we are islanders. we dont stay in asia we are in our own island. when you take tests and apply for jobs or what not when they ask for you nationality most of the time they put filipino in there own category or even filipino with another category excluding us from asians ”

    LOL! These two are the most common pathetic excuses I’ve seen used by some of these ignorant Fil-Ams. If Filipino have their own category separating them from Asians, that also means they have their own category separated from “PACIFIC ISLANDERS”. Think about that!

    Filipinos having their own category is usually in CA and this is because it is detrimental to Filipinos statistically trying to apply to schools that consider race as a factor. Since Filipinos make up one of the largest Asian groups in CA, Filipinos who apply to CA schools would be affected by the schools that take race into consideration.

    Philippines being an island? PLEASE! The Philippines is made up of many islands, the Philippines is considered a archipelago. That is like saying “CUBANS” should no longer be considered as “LATINO or HISPANIC” because their country is an island! Pathetic reasoning! Not only that, people who make comments about “having their own island” still seem to oblivious about ASIA in general.

    Indonesia
    Malaysia
    Japan
    Borneo/Brunei
    East Timor
    Singapore

    heck even China and Vietnam has islands…..

    Again, it seems to me that this topic really is more about Filipino-American identity rather than “Asian or Pacific Islander”. Look up Speak Out. Notice how they even discuss Filipino-Americans who discriminate against Filipinos. So spare me with the “I HATE BEING CALLED ASIAN” when in fact there are Filipino-Americans who don’t even want to associate themselves with FILIPINOS.

    Oh ya don’t be reading the ASIANJOURNAL or watching LA18TV anytime soon, that will probably really upset you since both consider Filipinos as Asian.

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  • Friday March 13, 2009 at 11:14 pm
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    So freaking dumb. We’re not saying filipinos are pacific islanders because it’s an island. We are saying that filipinos are pacific islanders because of their culture and what they look like! Dont take the word “pacific islands” literally. Dont tell me you look more chinese than palauan, austranesian, guamanian, and hawaiian people. And dont tell me you’re asian because you guys have chinese influence. There is chinese influence all over the world, even in italy. Influence from china does not make you asian.

    The other misleading statement earlier…..which says that the philipines is part of ASEAN, which makes them asian. Again, dont take words literally. I am a heterosexual and is part of the GSA( Gay Straight Alliance), does this make me gay then? So dont conclude based on assumptions. Again……please impress me with your analytical skills.

    Someone also said filipinos have the 2nd highest income. When you look at the details it will say otherwise. Yeah, 20 Mcdonalds workers/maids/ rare white collar/ janitors living in the same house does contribute to a high income. And dont tell me this is not a secret of yours.

    The only reason filipinos are labeled as asian is because of their geographic location. Period. Nothing else. Ive observed filipinos and their priorities and family values is nothing like us chinese/jap/korean/viets. They dont even value education like how they present in this forum. I challenge everyone to visit Hawaii, phillipines, guam, taiwan, japan, honk kong. Learn first hand what a filipino life is like. No asian would call a filipino their brother or sister.

    Man… I cant believe people are presenting these useless facts that supposingly proves filipinos are asian. There is not one convincing proof that ive heard in this forum, except from misleading stuff. This forum is intended to trick the naive people into thinking that filipinos are something they are not.

  • Friday March 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm
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    So freaking dumb. We’re not saying filipinos are pacific islanders because it’s an island. We are saying that filipinos are pacific islanders because of their culture and what they look like! Dont take the word “pacific islands” literally. Dont tell me you look more chinese than palauan, austranesian, guamanian, and hawaiian people. And dont tell me you’re asian because you guys have chinese influence. There is chinese influence all over the world, even in italy. Influence from china does not make you asian.

    The other misleading statement earlier…..which says that the philipines is part of ASEAN, which makes them asian. Again, dont take words literally. I am a heterosexual and is part of the GSA( Gay Straight Alliance), does this make me gay then? So dont conclude based on assumptions. Again……please impress me with your analytical skills.

    Someone also said filipinos have the 2nd highest income. When you look at the details it will say otherwise. Yeah, 20 Mcdonalds workers/maids/ rare white collar/ janitors living in the same house does contribute to a high income. And dont tell me this is not a secret of yours.

    The only reason filipinos are labeled as asian is because of their geographic location. Period. Nothing else. Ive observed filipinos and their priorities and family values is nothing like us chinese/jap/korean/viets. They dont even value education like how they present in this forum. I challenge everyone to visit Hawaii, phillipines, guam, taiwan, japan, honk kong. Learn first hand what a filipino life is like. No asian would call a filipino their brother or sister.

    Man… I cant believe people are presenting these useless facts that supposingly proves filipinos are asian. There is not one convincing proof that ive heard in this forum, except from misleading stuff. This forum is intended to trick the naive people into thinking that filipinos are something they are not.

  • Saturday March 14, 2009 at 12:32 am
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    Empress: well, you are working on the assumption that only Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese are the only Asians? Spare me!

    First off, your extremely bigoted statements against Filipinos negate everything you say. And, facts are facts, plain and simple. If the U.S. Census Bureau says that Filipinos households have the 2nd highest income, that I’m pretty sure that’s a pretty close fact. You put us Filipinos down like all we do is maid service or work at McDonalds. There are many Filipinos who are nurses, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants who bring that statistic up to 2nd. If you have better facts that are BETTER than the U.S. Census Bureau’s AND strong evidence that suggests Filipinos are NOT Asian, then write your own article.

    But, DON’T come here spewing out your racist and bigoted drivel that is just your own opinion and doesn’t reflect any factual data to back your statements up.

    Everything I’ve present here has been based on facts and the general consensus from a variety of areas (academic, governmental, political)….

    Plus, I think I smell a TROLL. And I thank you for that…

    Anyway, enough’s been said on both sides of the argument, let’s just leave it at that and comments are closed.

  • Friday March 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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    Empress: well, you are working on the assumption that only Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and Vietnamese are the only Asians? Spare me!

    First off, your extremely bigoted statements against Filipinos negate everything you say. And, facts are facts, plain and simple. If the U.S. Census Bureau says that Filipinos households have the 2nd highest income, that I’m pretty sure that’s a pretty close fact. You put us Filipinos down like all we do is maid service or work at McDonalds. There are many Filipinos who are nurses, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants who bring that statistic up to 2nd. If you have better facts that are BETTER than the U.S. Census Bureau’s AND strong evidence that suggests Filipinos are NOT Asian, then write your own article.

    But, DON’T come here spewing out your racist and bigoted drivel that is just your own opinion and doesn’t reflect any factual data to back your statements up.

    Everything I’ve present here has been based on facts and the general consensus from a variety of areas (academic, governmental, political)….

    Plus, I think I smell a TROLL. And I thank you for that…

    Anyway, enough’s been said on both sides of the argument, let’s just leave it at that and comments are closed.

  • Tuesday January 5, 2010 at 8:16 am
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    Keep in mind that any comments that fall into the realm of being hate mail WILL be deleted right away. These comments are moderated so, TROLLS, you are just wasting your time.

  • Friday January 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm
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    To address Empress' tirade:

    “We are saying that filipinos are pacific islanders because of their culture and what they look like! “

    So then, by that logic, Indonesians, who resemble Filipinos, and therefore Pacific Islanders, should be classified as P.I.'s?

    ” There is chinese influence all over the world, even in italy.”

    Yes, but the Philippines is close to China. Italy doesn't even come close. And if you think that Chinese influence doesn't make one Asian, then I guess Korea and Japan and Vietnam, and heck even Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, all of which have Chines influence, aren't Asian then.

    The Philippines not only has influence from China, it's also close by, and those two nations have been having relations with each other throughout history.

    ” I am a heterosexual and is part of the GSA( Gay Straight Alliance), does this make me gay then”

    It's Gay STRAIGHT Alliance, which INCLUDES THE STRAIGHTS, so it's no bother if you, a heterosexual, are a part of it, because it's for homosexuals AND heterosexuals. Therefore, your argument fails.

    The Philippines is not only a member of ASEAN, it's also a founding member (keyword, *founding member*), and it that'd only make sense if it was an Asian country to begin with.

    “The only reason filipinos are labeled as asian is because of their geographic location. Period.”

    This is by far the most ignorant, uneducated, misinformed, misguided statement I've heard regarding the “Are Filipinos Asian” issue.

    The Philippines is not only in close proximity to those nations of East and Southeast Asia, it share similarities with them, and it's been having contact with them for a long time. It's all a matter of being linked and connected culturally and historically.

    And the Philippines does have it family values. In the Philippines, the elderly aren't thrown into the retirement house like in America, but they're taken care of by their children.

    Like it or not, we Filipinos are your brothers and sisters.

    Honestly, you sound so desperate.

  • Saturday January 9, 2010 at 5:23 am
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    To address Empress' tirade:

    “We are saying that filipinos are pacific islanders because of their culture and what they look like! “

    So then, by that logic, Indonesians, who resemble Filipinos, and therefore Pacific Islanders, should be classified as P.I.'s?

    ” There is chinese influence all over the world, even in italy.”

    Yes, but the Philippines is close to China. Italy doesn't even come close. And if you think that Chinese influence doesn't make one Asian, then I guess Korea and Japan and Vietnam, and heck even Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, all of which have Chines influence, aren't Asian then.

    The Philippines not only has influence from China, it's also close by, and those two nations have been having relations with each other throughout history.

    ” I am a heterosexual and is part of the GSA( Gay Straight Alliance), does this make me gay then”

    It's Gay STRAIGHT Alliance, which INCLUDES THE STRAIGHTS, so it's no bother if you, a heterosexual, are a part of it, because it's for homosexuals AND heterosexuals. Therefore, your argument fails.

    The Philippines is not only a member of ASEAN, it's also a founding member (keyword, *founding member*), and it that'd only make sense if it was an Asian country to begin with.

    “The only reason filipinos are labeled as asian is because of their geographic location. Period.”

    This is by far the most ignorant, uneducated, misinformed, misguided statement I've heard regarding the “Are Filipinos Asian” issue.

    The Philippines is not only in close proximity to those nations of East and Southeast Asia, it share similarities with them, and it's been having contact with them for a long time. It's all a matter of being linked and connected culturally and historically.

    And the Philippines does have it family values. In the Philippines, the elderly aren't thrown into the retirement house like in America, but they're taken care of by their children.

    Like it or not, we Filipinos are your brothers and sisters.

    Honestly, you sound so desperate.

  • Sunday April 4, 2010 at 3:55 am
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    Actually, Filipinos are Asian only geographically.

    Personally, I hate it when people call me Asian, because instinctively people consider me to be East Asian. I do not look East Asian, therefore I feel offended when people group me so carelessly. It's like how some East Asian ethnicity hate being mistaken for others; a Korean person for a Japanese person for example. If you ever call a Korean person Japanese, they WILL be offended. (I made the mistake once)

    I am half Filipino, but in terms of blood I am not Asian whatsoever.
    My father is Italian, French, and Spanish.
    That is the definition of Filipino. The base blood is Italian, French and Spanish, and then some locations are considered to have Indonesian or Malaysian.
    There is the question of Chinese and Japanese influence, but those groups didn't instigate ethnic cleansing, therefore the blood is theoretically to have died out among most areas.

    It's funny, because when the word “Asian” is said or thought of, one instinctively thinks East Asian, and or, slanty eyes. I'm not being racist, I am just stating a fact. For example, Empress down there seems to consider only East Asians, “Asian”.
    Now here is something more funny for you. Russians are in Asia.

    Geographically, 50% of Russians are Asian. Also, don't forget Indians. India is considered to be Asian, geographically.

    You would have never imagined a blue-eyed blond haired Russian or a dark skinned, dark eyed Indian to be Asian now would you?

    It just goes to show how ridiculous this fixation on “Asian” has become.

  • Sunday April 18, 2010 at 1:54 am
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    All I've gathered after reading this post and all its comments is that apparently our identity lies in the eye of the beholder. I also LOL'd at the SoCal “FilAm” bashing, mainly because I am one (sort of). I have one caucasian parent and one filipino parent, which I guess is common in my area. My height and frame is more like my caucasian parent, whereas my hair and skin coloring is from my filipino parent. This makes all the difference, since we are all judged by our looks. This blog post wouldn't even be necessary if we were all blind. It's a little pathetic.

    It's not the greatest, looking different when you attend mostly caucasian schools, and I have subsequently relented to their own views on what I am (Hawaiian or Asian). It blows when some kids sneer at you and refer to you as a sneaky nerd Asian, since I don't relate to that horrible stereotype and was actually failing classes left and right. It really sucks to be biracial and be so confused at to what it means to you and those around you. Have a little pity for the poor, misguided, arrogant “Fil Am.”

    As one of those assholes who claimed to be a pacific islander, I have decided to stop that after reading this. Firstly, it seems to attract a lot of ire, and secondly, because the Malay connection is most convincing to me. Since we are a combo of so many things, I think I will just refer myself as Filipino first and Asian second, for the sake of whoever I am dealing with. As far as my filipino parent, I haven't experienced many cultural similarities with other Asian families I've spent time with. Eating rice means nothing.

    Dude who wrote this post: I'm glad this is still up and I hope you never close comments, no matter how frustrating. What's more important to me is what culture I relate with more, and not what my blood could possibly be. So in that case, I'm totally African 😉 just kidding but seriously guys a bigger issue is that “asian fetish” is an acceptable phrase. What if I claimed to have an Italian fetish?!

  • Friday April 23, 2010 at 8:34 am
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    I agree with Randomguru and shirty.

    I can't speak for all Filipinos because I believe that we were all brought up differently and our experiences has great effect on how we see the topic of this forum. I would like to share my opinion based on my experience and from the people I know.

    I'm a Middle Class filipino born in Manila, Philippines. All of my great-grandparents are Filipinos mixed with foreign blood( Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Arab, Japanese, Mexican, American, African & Korean) but they were all born in different provinces of the Philippines. As a result, My cousins and I all look very different. During the 80's Majority of my dad's generation migrated to Guam, Hawaii, California, Canada & Europe so almost all my cousins grew up abroad except me. Last year, we had a grand family reunion and majority of them will be meeting me for the 1st time. They Arrived one by one, each of them were surprised because my looks are not what they expected. A Chinita (Chinese features) looking cousin of mine asked me, how come your eyes are huge? ( I always thought my eyes were normal). A half white cousin asked me why I don't have dark skin.. Each group told me that they were expecting some1 who looked a certain way, it was cool at 1st but the last 1 who arrived really caught my attention. She kept on translating her English conversation with her brother into Filipino. I was a bit offended at 1st but then I realized that she thought I was also born abroad(like a country in Europe or something) & I did not speak English. She was surprised later when I talked during a group discussion with all my cousins. We had the same topic as this forum. Most of them were labeled differently & they identified themselves with the people they hanged out with. My chinky eyed cousins identified themselves as “Asians”(east asians) because besides having a chinese last name they looked like one. Another one considered himself hispanic because he has a spanish last name and people thought he looked Spanish(he didnt know that he has very little or no spanish blood, his mix is fil-indian-jap-Arab). My brown skinned cousins considered themselves as pacific islander because they argued that their parents were born in guam & palau which are islands of the pacific which used to be part of the Philippines before they were lost to the US. But later they got confused because if most of Filipinos ancestors are Asian and their ancestors are Filipino who migrated from the Philippine mainland.. It means their Asian too even though they looked latino?.. err.. am confused too.. Anyway, What I learned besides, ” The Philippines is a melting pot of cultures in Asia”, is that we should all know all our history so that we could teach our children accurately about their roots. When their all grown up, they know their identity & they don't have to second guess themselves when some1 else tells them different.

  • Friday May 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm
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    ask your filipino grandparents and they will tell you that filipinos are asian. I was born and raised in the philippines by a filipino mom and american dad. And when growing up there, all filipinos acknowledged that filipinos are asian. But when moved to the states (ca) and got older, i noticed that their are many misinformed filipinos who consider themselves pacific islanders. And normally these filipinos can't speak tagalog, have never stepped a foot in the philippines, and when they approach filipino fobs they look down on them. I take pride in being filipino and asian so it angers me when these people will tell a nation of 90 million people that they are not asian but pacific islanders. For the few thousands of filipinos that think their pacific islander please, go back to the philippines, learn your ancestors ancient; language, and history. I've been blessed to have friends from different ethnicities and nationalities, and my friends who are lao,thai,hmong,cambodian,burmese,viet,indonesian,southern chinese,okinawan and would tell me how people always think their filipino. Sometimes it's hard to differentiate from these groups because we are closely related to them geographically. I have hawaiian friends and Samoan friends and they look nothing like filipinos and they get angry when filipinos try claim thier pacific islanders because they know filipinos are not. I dare any filipino that claims their pacific islander to go to a pacific islander convention and claim their pacific islander , and see what will happen. For all the filipino pacific islanders out there stop fabricating our culture to mere grass skirts and coconut bras, filipinos are more than that our rich history and culture shows interaction amongst our Asian neighbors. I am filipino and proud to be asian

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      thats tight……….and also right about the other filipinos in ca they really looked down on other filipinos………..and thats rude………….dont be mean to ur KAPWA filipino
      …….

  • Sunday May 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm
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    Loveeee Ittttt:)I Had To Yell AT My Friends Trying To Tell Them Yes Filppinos Are Asian And She Got Proved In Class Ahaa 😛

  • Tuesday September 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm
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    I never heard of any Filipino claiming to be a Pacific Islander. If that is the case then Japan & Indonesia can also be considered as Pacific Islanders because they live closer to the pacific than Philippines. Use your common sense people. Do you know that Asia’s largest bank, the Asian Development Bank, has its main headquarters in Manila, Philippines???

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      that’s interesting to know, about the Asian Development Bank.

  • Friday February 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm
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    I’m Filipino with a little bit of spanish. I’ve been asked so many times if i was Japanese, Korean, Chinese, ect. but never have i been asked if i was hispanic or any other kind of nationality or whatever. Filipinos are asian not FAKE! Why do people all of a sudden think you are chinese or whatever when they first see an asian. Pacific islanders? Why do that person have to waste their own time about something they are not? wow. Everyday i am so sick of being asked if im japanese, chinese, korean ect. Also have to go through life hearing “ching chang chong”. What language is that cuz obviously i dunno. I’m filipino and yes i may look japanese ect. but why can’t people just ask “what’s your nationality?” instead of “are you…..” blah! oh and Filipinos are most definetly asian, thank you carlos for telling people great facts because im also tired of people saying were pacific islanders. *sorry if i seem a bit angry here but im just sending my feelings and letting people know what i think. P.S yes i have chink eyes but remember im filipino.

  • Friday December 16, 2011 at 5:18 am
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     “TGIF -Thanks God I’m Filipino” and I’m an Asian i don’t care about they say but I know I’m an Asian.

    (over-emotional) haha..

  • Saturday June 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm
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    Filipino are Asean but are you really a filipino could you write your comments in tagalog without using a single taglish if not then you are one freaking Porky Bacon.You can’t even say the national anthem and Panatang Makabayan So stop being a filipino cause you are not you are already an American or what ever country you are. You already swear to the Country you in. by blood you are but by heart you are not. You are just one on those people who wants to spends big bucks on vacation to philippines, In time of trouble you are not with the filipino you ignore them calling them cheap because you are in the states with all the original branded clothings which youre parents bought. You only cheers and like filipinos who are triumphant in there achiement but deny those filipino people who makes mistake and having trouble with there life. You like to discriminate filipinos that are pure and poor and call them lazy because they live an unfortunate life.And one I hate about filipinos is that they love to be used and destroy there own filipino brothers just for money just to satisfy others Race which give richness gridiness. They love to pray to the Idols, go to church but hate there fellow filipino that are poor calling them lazy.  Is this the filipino Asean your talking about.

  • Sunday April 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm
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    for all fil-ams or filipinos who doesn’t know how to speak tagalog watch this video and u will see urself down http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW1wPztHBn4 he’s not even filipino or any kind of asian but he can speak tagalog..and he also have the heart of an asian filipino………..

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