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Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islanders?

There was a discussion last night about Filipinos are not Asian. They are Asian.

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Sep. 21, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • Pacific islander is a GEOGRAPHIC term for inhabitants of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia, collectively called Oceania. Philippines is obviously not part of this group of islands hence, Filipinos can't be considered Pacific Islanders.

    To Filipinos who think they are Pacific Islanders, how come Philippines participate in the Southeast ASIAN games instead of the South Pacific Game of Oceania? Think.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 1:47 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • ASIAN!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:48 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • The Phillipines are islands in the Pacific so it's not wrong to say they are Pacific Islanders. I know plenty of Filipinos and while they call themselves Asian many time they participate in Pacific Islander festivals. It's all about their own family culture.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:49 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • My friend calls himsef Asian

    Answer by ironkitten at 1:49 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • I currently work with several people Philippians and they consider themselves Asians. My husband was born and raised in Holland however, his father is from Indonesia and his mum is from Papa New Guinea (both Dutch Provinces) and they will tell you in a heartbeat they are Asian. Many people forget Asians don't just come from China, Japan or Korea.  Consider Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and many other Asian countries.  Even some Indians consider themselves Asian.  


    Answer by Ladybugkisses76 at 1:50 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • they are asian.

    Answer by akalei at 2:39 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Filipinos are asians. I know because I'm a filipina.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:40 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Hubs is Filippino and he says they're Pacific Islander. Asian works for me too though. Hell, maybe I'll just check "other."

    Answer by Pnukey at 5:54 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

  • Someone mentioned "Southeast Asian". :Philippines is part of Southeast Asia.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:11 PM on Sep. 21, 2009

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