Largest Asian American Groups

Name all the Asian-American ethnic groups with more than 100,000 inhabitants.
Source: 2010 U.S. Census
Includes East Asia and South Asia but NOT the Middle East
Give the name of the group, not the country. For example, people from Mexico are Mexicans.
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First submittedJuly 28, 2019
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# of Residents
Answer
4,010,114
Chinese
includes Taiwanese
3,416,840
Filipino
3,183,063
Indian
1,737,433
Vietnamese
1,706,822
Korean
1,304,286
Japanese
409,163
Pakistani
# of Residents
Answer
276,667
Cambodian
260,073
Hmong
237,538
Thai
232,130
Laotian
147,300
Bangladeshi
100,200
Burmese
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2020
General disclaimer about this quiz: the data is taken from the 2010 census and community survey. Because of high immigration rates of Asians to America, especially in this decade, many of these numbers will be somewhat outdated. Hopefully I'll be able to update this with 2020 census data in the near future!
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_group

"An ethnic group or ethnicity is a grouping of humans based on people who identify with each other on the basis of shared attributes that distinguish them from other groups such as a common set of traditions, ancestry, language, history, society, culture, nation, religion, or social treatment within their residing area."

In other words, a nationality IS an ethnic group, but so are other things. Not only that, but a person can belong to multiple ethnic groups. And while ethnicity can be based on your DNA, it certainly doesn't have to be.

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Level 58
Jul 29, 2019
Surprised Taiwanese is not included
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Level 66
Jul 29, 2019
Taiwanese is actually considered part of the Chinese-American population on this quiz. Thanks for pointing it out though--I'll add it as one of my caveats.
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Level 58
Jul 31, 2019
Lebanese not one?
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Level 66
Jul 31, 2019
Lebanese-Americans are not considered as people originating from the Middle East were not considered "Asian Americans" by the 2010 United States census, being counted as "white" instead. However, the Lebanese-American population is ~502,000, so if they were considered Asian-American they would be on this list.
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Level 36
Dec 22, 2020
Oh that's weird. That seems really arbitrary to me that the US gov't just doesn't classify a people from the continent of Asia, as Asians. Don't really get that one.
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Level 58
Dec 23, 2020
Lebanese people are more Mediterranean than proper Asian people, they share more with North Africa or Southern Europe than with East Asia... In fact that points the problems with US "race" classification, too, in my European point of view. Continents are freaking huge, and Asia is by far the hugest so "Asian-American" or "asian" itself doesn't mean much , whereas people of European descent are considered "white" but are Italian-American, Polish-American, etc... "African-American" seems quite different because it refers to the specific descent of former African slaves... but it excludes people who have Northern African origins or simply people of late African descent like former US president Obama...
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Level 50
Nov 29, 2020
Congrats on the Feature! Very well deserved.
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2020
Thanks so much! :) It feels incredible to have been on this site for several years (mostly playing/commenting but also making a few quizzes) and to have finally had my first feature!
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Level 85
Nov 29, 2020
Accept Lao for Laotian?
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
Lao will work now.
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Level 73
Nov 29, 2020
« Han » should be accepted for Chinese
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
That will work now.
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Level 48
Nov 29, 2020
Great quiz! I knew there are a lot of Filipino-Americans, but I hadn't realized that they were the second-largest Asian-American group!
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Level 73
Nov 29, 2020
Why is Hmong on here but not sub-groups of Indians?
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
Indians are many things, but there are no Hmong among them.
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Level 67
Dec 22, 2020
You mean aHmong them?
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Level 66
Nov 29, 2020
I'm guessing what HinesBrothers meant was why individual Indian groups like Gujaratis, Punjabis, etc. are not on here while Hmong are. My best guess is that the Hmong aren't willing to identify as Vietnamese or Chinese while Indian sub-groups identify as Indian. As Quizmaster said in the pinned comment, ethnicity can be pretty vague, and ultimately on a census people will put down how they self-identify. "Gujarati" is as much an ethnicity as "Indian," but on the census most people of that group will identify as "Indian" so that's what we have on the quiz.
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Level 74
Nov 29, 2020
Tried Mongolian and got the point for Hmong - it looks like Hmong allows you to leave out the leading H - maybe should require that first H to stop unrelated flukes? Also, Laotian people are frequently referred to as Lao, maybe also allow Lao as an answer?
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
All fixed now.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2020
The word "groups" is confusing. I tried listing ethnic groups like "Lao" and "Bengali", only to find that you have to type "Laotian" and "Bangladeshi". Indian and Pakistani are the same ethnic group, so I didn't bother to try Pakistani. Pakistani is a nationality. What you meant to say was "Largest Asian American Nationalities".
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
The term ethnic group is correctly used. Please read the stickied comment.
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Level 84
Nov 29, 2020
I think having "Lao" and "Hmong" as separate groups would be acceptable, but not "Hmong" and "Laotians". Hmong ARE Laotians (but they're not Lao).
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Level 71
Nov 29, 2020
Khmer should be accepted for Cambodian.
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Level 71
Nov 29, 2020
I agree. Khmer is an ethnic group, Cambodian is a nationality. Just as in the previous comment, where Lao and Hmong are ethnic groups, while Laotian is a nationality.
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Level ∞
Nov 29, 2020
The term ethnic group is correctly used. Please read the stickied comment.
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Level 62
Nov 30, 2020
Burmese sure roles off the tongue better than Myanmarese...
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Level 66
Dec 22, 2020
Yes, I first tried Myanmarian, then just went for the easy option.
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Level 76
Nov 30, 2020
Perhaps a caveat that specifies that groups are not necessarily nationalities would be helpful, given that all but one of these are a nationality. I mean I don't know why Hmong is singled out, but not say, Tamil or Hakka or any of hundreds of others amongst these populations. I know the quiz says 'ethnic groups', but everything else leads you to believe this is ethnic groups as defined by nationality, so it would be helpful to just make it a tad more explicit.
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Level 66
Nov 30, 2020
I actually had a caveat like this on my original quiz, but Quizmaster removed it when he featured the quiz. I think it's fair to re-add the caveat since Hmong is kinda an outlier in this regard, but I'll let Quizmaster make the final call on this.
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Level 71
Dec 12, 2020
Please accept Yamato for Japanese and Bengali for Bangladeshi
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Level 51
Dec 20, 2020
About 1/3 of Bengalis are Indians, so it would be wrong to say that Bengalis and Bangladeshis are the same thing. That said, I did try Bengali after I got Bangladeshi only to see if it would work.
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Level 60
Dec 22, 2020
Second Yamato, in fact I think that should be the word that appears.
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Level 66
Dec 22, 2020
Okinawans?
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Level 59
Dec 22, 2020
Thanks to Gran Torino I remembered the Hmong!
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Level 60
Dec 22, 2020
Nice east asian child image thanks
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Level 80
Dec 22, 2020
Surely if you include Hmong as a separate group, then Sikhs, Tamils, Bengalis etc. etc. should be considered?
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Level 66
Dec 22, 2020
Please see the comments above. This is all from Census data and the Census typically identifies based on national origin. Hmong are an exception most likely because they don't identify with a nationality.
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Level 50
Dec 22, 2020
Wowowowow! Filipinos are 2nd!
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Level 50
Dec 22, 2020
Russians are not on this list, I know part of Russia is in Europe but the majority of it is in Asia and they did have Alaska for a long period of time.
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Level 52
Apr 15, 2021
Russians are considered white, whether or not they are from Asia. Even if they did count, I doubt there would be enough of them, due to the low population of the region and few settling in Alaska.
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Level 66
Apr 15, 2021
There are actually a lot of Russians (or people of Russian descent) living in America, and if they were considered Asian they'd easily make this list. But the vast majority of Russians live in Europe and most of the ones that live in Asia are descended from European settlers in Siberia. The indigenous people of Siberia, such as Turkic and Tungusic peoples, would probably be considered Asian, but there aren't a ton of those in the US.
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Level 74
Dec 22, 2020
Hmong should be an auto-answer which is greyed in. The premise of the entire quiz is poor given a large part of Asia is excluded.
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Level 57
Dec 22, 2020
Shouldn't Bengali be accepted?
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Level 58
Dec 23, 2020
I agree, I typed Bengali only to have it be the one I missed. People more experienced with languages won't realize they have to type "Bangladeshi".
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Level 54
Dec 26, 2020
But, 1/3rd of the Bengalis are Indians.
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Level 60
Dec 23, 2020
One more person who missed "Bangladeshi" after "Bengali" didn't work.
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Level 60
Dec 23, 2020
"Give the name of the group, not the country"

So surely this would be ethnic groups. In some cases, ethnic groups have been largely combined in the American context (hence "Indian" and "Filipino" while the Hmong/Laotian distinction is preserved). But that WOULD mean accepting "Bengali."

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Level 66
Dec 24, 2020
Yes, it is indeed asking for the name of the group, not the country. That's why the quiz accepts "Bangladeshi" and not "Bangladesh" or "Bengali" (the latter of which crosses national borders).

As I've already said, the Census can't take everything into account and relies a lot on self-identification. Organizing things by nationality makes more sense from an official perspective because it's more concrete and less complicated than identifying the thousands of cultural/linguistic ethnic groups across America. If you have complaints with this system, take it up with the Census Bureau, not me.

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Level 56
Dec 26, 2020
I know "Filipino" is more commonly used than "Philippine", but please accept the latter as an answer.
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Level 57
Apr 1, 2021
Maybe you should accept “pinoy” for “filipino”? It’s the informal demonym relating to the Filipino people
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Level 66
Apr 2, 2021
That'll work now!
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Level 55
Apr 9, 2021
Nice quiz! Got all of them