In the U. Historically, Asians and Pacific Islanders were grouped together by government classifications and by us, as part of an intentional community-based strategy to build coalitions with one another. Whilst our communities use various names to describe themselves; these groupings are ultimately political and part of a dynamic, continuing process of self-determination and self-identification. Within each category that defines identity, there are several sub-categories; both are enumerated below:. There is no official definition of the boundary between Asia and Europe nor between continents for that matter so the boundaries are merely traditional — and some of the countries listed as Asian might not seem obvious. For example, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia lie south of the Caucasus Mountains which have traditionally divided the two continents.
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For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC News is taking a closer look at some of the terminology used when discussing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in order to better understand why certain words and phrases are or aren't used. Where did the "model minority myth" come from? What does "hapa" mean? We asked academics and experts to answer those questions and more. In , the term "Asian American" was coined by Yuji Ichioka and Emma Gee and other student activists as a strategic, unifying political identity for Asian ethnic groups to use as they resisted U. By the s, the U.
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The U. Trust Territories of the Pacific or the Northern Marianas. Asian or Pacific Islander was an option to indicate race and ethnicity in the United States Censuses in the and Census as well as in several Census Bureau studies in between, including Current Population Surveys reports and updates between and The term is also used by several state boards and commissions , including in Washington ,  Michigan ,  Maryland ,  and Connecticut. Previous to the s, the only term used to refer to Americans with ancestry in Asia was "orientals.