Why ‘Asian’ is not a level fit for many Canadians

Muhammad Ali said he often asked himself if the word ‘Asian’ actually represented or connected with the person he was. (Muhammad Ali)

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Asian”?

To Muhammad Akbar Ali, this is a complex answer, this time of year every year, his mixed feelings multiply during the Asian traditional month.

“I do not feel right, for me, I do not know if I’ve celebrate that month for myself. I think it’s beautiful for others, but it’s not. [about] I said, “The 29-year-old.

It is impossible to bring everyone together from the Asian continent.– Puran Khuram

Ond. Born in Niagara, Ali grew up in the Greater Toronto area before moving to Ottawa for work. Ali said he had never been identified with the word Asian, despite having Indian and Pakistani roots. He said his parents taught him cultural traditions, but neither Asian nor South Asian were used at home.

“They wouldn’t identify that way,” he said. “In some ways I think it could be an insult or a misidentification,” he said.

Ali is not alone. In May, many Canadians, especially those with South Asian roots, revisit a well-known internal conversation about what Asians are.

One word is very broad

As far as Puran Kuram is concerned, the term is very detailed.

“Asia is such a big continent, I never referred to myself as Asian. It has always been Indian and being Indian has always been Punjabi,” said Khuram, 38. “Keeping your culture is like educating everyone about where you come from.”

Puran Khuram considers ‘Asian’ to be a very broad term to describe many unique cultures. (Puran Khuram)

One., Ghuram, who grew up outside Cornwall, said he was the same color at his school. He said his classmates identified him with everything except the Indian, so from an early age, he knew the importance of particular character when it came to identity.

“If we put everyone in the same group, we won’t even try to learn about their personal culture, you have to have subdivisions,” he said.

Many meanings around the world

Name of Asia Derived from the Greeks, Who used this to describe anything in the east of their country. In Canada the term is often associated with East Asian cultures such as Chinese and Korean, which is a different story across the pond.

In England, the term Asian is commonly used to describe anyone with a South Asian heritage. Even in the United States, Asia has long been accepted by national groups such as the Asian American Pacific Island (AAPI), whose Hawaiian roots have human rights roots.

Despite the many definitions, the word has been welcomed by some South Asian Canadians.

Ena Numan, a colleague of the Pakistani-Canadian immigrant Koran, is closely identified with the word “Asian” due to her family energy.

“I define myself as an Asian, I consider myself a part of my identity. I mean, of course I’m not something to be ashamed of,” Numan said. “Identifying every aspect of yourself, no matter what it is, is very important.”

However, in the Asian traditional month, Numan agrees that the term may be a little universal.

“It’s like you say Canadian,” he said. “Everyone’s definition of a Canadian depends on what they believe is Canada.”

One., Puran Khuram, who grew up in a small town outside Cornwall, says he does not recognize Asian growing up and instead wants to describe his background as Indian or Punjabi. He says the term is too detailed to describe such great individuals. 1:00

Similarities between Asian cultures

There are similarities between many Asian cultures. From the respect and gratitude shown to adults, to living in diverse homes, there are values ​​shared among subgroups of Asians whose ancestry can be traced back to New Delhi or Tokyo.

“[Across the continent], Culture and food are very similar and the vision of the family and all these things are very similar, ”he said.

As people of color, many Asian immigrants, foreigners and Asian-Canadians face racist and ethnically similar struggles. Ghuram thinks it is important to remember that a single word is not necessary to describe billions of people.

“There are similarities, but there are a lot of differences,” he said. “It is impossible to bring everyone together from the Asian continent.”

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