Hell, I’d even argue that. How far into the Pacific Ocean does “Asia” extend? Are Filipinos Asian, with their mix of Chinese, Malay, Austronesian, and other blood? How far east does Asia extend? Does someone from Azerbaijan get to call themselves Asian? How about an Arabian, or an Israeli? Are people from Goa, Pyongyang, Djakarta, Astana, Legend Were Born In January 2000 Aged Perfection Life Begins At 21 T-Shirt and Tehran really all one race? Yeah, those were more philosophical/rhetorical questions than actual ones. My grandfather was Filipino, born in Bacolod, and he definitely looked Asian. But the pre-colonial natives of some of the Visayas were the Negritos, who would be mistaken more for Africans than Asians. So again, more rhetorical given the ethnic diversity even within the islands.
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This is minor, but it should be said that the negritos are also not really particularly different from other Filipinos, genetically speaking. And whether or not they were “before” so called “Austronesians” (THAT theory of the Austronesian expansion is also hotly debated btw) is still debated. I personally think that, due to lack of archaeological, genetic, or linguistic evidence, the label should be dropped. They just have a different phenotype, Legend Were Born In January 2000 Aged Perfection Life Begins At 21 T-Shirt and that could be for a multitude of reasons. Well, the point of my post is to say that the concept of “race,” at least as divided into clear and distinct groups (“Asian,” “African,” etc.), is flawed. I’m not making any claims about what anyone is or is not, just pointing out that the Philippines are a good example of a place where race and ethnicity are much more complicated than skin color or geographic location.
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Oh yes I agree. If you look further back in my post history (a waaaays back) you will see me discussing how races are not biologically viable designations. I use the Philippines and Indonesia a lot to illustrate some points, since they are so ethnolinguistically diverse. My grandfather grew up speaking English with his teachers, Spanish with his family, and Tagalog and Cebuano with his friends and people around him. That would make my head spin! Yes.Legend Were Born In January 2000 Aged Perfection Life Begins At 21 T-Shirt Most Filipinos I know irl know at least three and often four or five different languages to varying extents. My best friend’s mom speaks Kapampangan, Tagalog, Iloko, Cebuan, and English. This seems to be fairly common in the islands.