Indians and all other South Asians have been classed as Asian ethnic groups since 1980. Only in the 1980s, as a consequence of lobbying, were South Asians included in the census as 'Asians. 'Indian' and 'Pakistani' had been separate categories since 1971 and 1965, respectively.
In 2001, the Census Office introduced a new classification system for Asian races, based on physical characteristics rather than on ancestry or parentage. This new classification system divided Asian Indians into two main groups: Indo-Asian and Black-Asian. It should be noted that this classification is based on physical appearance and cannot be confirmed through DNA testing.
Under the new classification system, Indian people can be either Indo-Asian or Black-Asian. The two types of Indian people are shown in the table below. People who identify themselves only as Indian or Asian are classified as Indo-Asian. Those who also report having black skin or African American ancestry are classified as Black-Asian.
The new classification system has not yet been adopted by any other government agency, including the Immigration Service, so its accuracy is still being determined. However, it is expected to become more common among researchers and others who deal with large data sets.
It is important to remember that this classification system is based on physical appearance and cannot be confirmed through DNA testing.
South Asian ethnic groupings are ethnolinguistic components of South Asia's varied population, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The boundaries between these countries' ethnic groups are often blurred.
Based on language, people can be classified into four main groups: Indo-Aryans, Dravidians, Muslims, and others. These terms are not exact equivalents to nations today, but rather refer to ancient ethnic divisions that still play a role in defining peoples' identities today. In fact, many Indians classify themselves primarily according to their ancestral home country instead of their ethnic group.
India has one of the most complex systems for classifying its citizens by ethnicity on the continent. There are several government agencies that maintain lists of recognized tribes and clans across the country. These lists are used by the government when issuing documents such as identity cards and driving licenses.
However, there is no single authority that decides what constitutes a valid claim to an ethnic group. Instead, the status of each organization or individual belongs to that person or group itself. This means that there is no guarantee that even if you find yourself matched with someone of the same ethnicity, this relationship may not hold once they find out more about you.
Han Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese are among the East Asian ethnic groupings. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are home to South Asian ethnic groupings. The major ethnic groups in Southeast Asia, Thais, Cambodians, Vietnamese, and Laotians, are now firmly in charge of their own governments. However, the original inhabitants of the region, the Austroasiatic languages speakers, are still not well represented in the government.
In Vietnam, 95% of the population is made up of immigrants from elsewhere in Asia or abroad. According to the 2000 census, the largest groups were Han Chinese (24%), Vietnamese (20%) and Khmer (10%).
In Thailand, the majority of the population is also Thai-Chinese (about 10% each), with smaller numbers of Malays, Indians, Khmers, and others. In Cambodia, the majority of the population is also Thai-Chinese (about 10% each), with smaller numbers of Malay, Indian, and other Asians.
The official language of Thailand is Thai, but many people also speak English.
In Laos, most people are of Lao descent, with a minority of immigrants from other countries including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, and United States.
The official language of Laos is Lao, but many people also speak English.
The Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Far East are all considered Asian by the United States Census Bureau. Prior to 1970, persons from India were classified as "other" by the United States Census Bureau. They were classed as "white" in the 1970 census. However, in 1980, the Census Bureau began to classify persons from the Indian subcontinent as "Asian."
In 2007, the American Community Survey estimated that there were about 20 million Indians living in Asia. Of this number, only 7% described themselves as white, while 83% described themselves as Asian or other.
India is the largest country in the Indian Subcontinent and has a population of over 1 billion people. Bangladesh is next with a population of approximately 100 million people. The rest of the countries in the Indian Subcontinent have populations below 10 million people.
Asia includes both Eastern and Western Eurasia. Europe is part of Asia. So is Africa. Australia is part of Oceania. South America is part of Central America.
Indian culture has influenced many other cultures throughout Asia and around the world. In addition, many Asians identify themselves as Indian even though they may not know any Indians personally. This is because of the influence of Hinduism on Asian culture as well as immigration from India.
Hinduism is the most popular religion in India. It also has many followers in other parts of the world. Buddhism is the second most popular religion in India.
South Asian Americans are people of South Asian descent who live in the United States. The word specifically refers to persons from the Indian subcontinent and excludes Afghanistan. South Asian Americans typically trace their ancestry back to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. In addition, many South Asians Americans have roots in Africa through slavery or as immigrants.
South Asia is defined as the area that includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It is bounded on the east by the Indian Ocean and on the west by the Bay of Bengal. The country of Afghanistan does not lie along an ocean border, but it does share a border with both Pakistan and India.
In the United States, people of South Asian origin make up about 5 percent of the total population. They are distributed among all states except Alaska and Hawaii. California has the largest South Asian American community with 2 million people ( 18% of its population). Texas follows with 1 million people ( 10% of its population). There are also significant South Asian American populations in New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington State.
The first South Asians came to America as slaves and were used primarily for labor on plantations. After slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century, many South Asians came to America seeking new opportunities. The best-known group of immigrants from India are the Sikhs.
A person of Asian heritage is defined by the Census Bureau as "having origins in any of the indigenous peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, such as Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam." Persons may identify themselves as having Asian ancestry on the census questionnaire. Additionally, persons who have full or partial Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, or Indian ancestry are also considered to be Asians.
In the United States, people of Asian descent make up 5% of the population. However, because racial categories do not appear on federal census forms, this figure represents only a estimate of those groups that identify themselves as Asian on their personal surveys.
According to the Census Bureau, Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the United States. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Asians increased by 36.5 million people, with immigration accounting for more than one-third of this growth. Currently, there are approximately 47 million Asians in the United States, representing 5% of the total population. Of these individuals, about 14% are Hispanic or Latino.
Asian Americans are found in every state and live in all parts of the country. They are most densely concentrated in California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida. According to the Pew Research Center, between 2004 and 2013, the Asian American population will increase by 33%.