The term Asian Americans refers to Americans, and immigrants living in America, whose ancestral heritage is linked to several Asian regions of the world: East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The region of East Asia comprises a variety of countries like China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia; Southeast Asia consists of Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam; and the region of South Asia includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Although Pacific Islanders (Hawaiians, Guamanians, and Samoans) may also be considered as Asian Americans, typically they are listed separately; therefore, they are not discussed here even though many of the issues discussed in this entry are applicable to the Pacific Islanders.

The Asian American population ...

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