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Asian Diaspora - Top 10 Countries

Name the countries outside of Asia that have the highest number of people of Asian descent.
Includes ethnic groups from all of Asia
Numbers are very approximate
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Last updated: November 20, 2016
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Country
18 mil
5.6
United States
4.2 mil
6.5
United Kingdom
3.9 mil
4.7
Germany
3.6 mil
10
Canada
2.5 mil
6
Argentina
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2.3 mil
1.1
Brazil
2.2 mil
7
Peru
1.9 mil
8
Australia
1.9 mil
6
Venezuela
1.7 mil
3.4
Colombia
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
This quiz is based on original research. Please let me know if I've made any major errors.
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Level ∞
Nov 20, 2016
I didn't realize that there were such large Middle Eastern groups in Latin America!
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Level 92
Nov 21, 2016
I knew there were large Japanese communities in some countries down there, didn't think about the Middle East contributing.
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Level 70
Nov 21, 2016
Brazil has a massive population of Arabs, Lebanese and Syrian being the largest.
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Level 69
Nov 21, 2016
As a matter of fact, the current President of Brazil (Michel Temer) has lebanese descent!
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Level 82
Jan 13, 2017
Salma Hayek is part Lebanese. Carlos Slim, richest man in Mexico and sometimes the world, is also part Arab. His last name is actually a perversion of "Salim."
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Level 26
Apr 5, 2017
While there are many Middle Eastern communities in Latin America, the most common kind of Asians in Latin America are Chinese and Japanese.
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Level 33
May 23, 2017
Brazil has the largest Japanese community out of Japan in this entire world. In the neighbourhood of Liberdade, in São Paulo, you hear people speaking Japanese(and now Korean and Chinese too) everywhere.
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Level 84
Feb 5, 2020
Yep, that chimes with my experience of Peru Dogman. Lots of Chinese restaurants, and Fujimori had fairly recently finished his time as president.
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Level 70
Jul 17, 2018
i know that there are japanese communities in the dominican republic, i actually heard there's a town called colonia japonesa where many of the japanese in dr live. besides japan, i know there are a lot of palestinians, lebanese, jordanians and syrians in places like mexico and venezuela and that they actually influenced the culture a lot.
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Level 62
Dec 2, 2016
Can anyone explain why South America has such high results, no obvious cultural link between it and Asia?
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Level 84
Jan 3, 2017
One is Spain: During the colonial times the Spaniards managed to make trading routes between the Philippines and its four Viceroyalties in the Americas, creating a migration route as well.

Also, towards the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, many Asians (mostly Japanese) began to emigrate seeking for better life conditions. However, some countries began to block them (like the US and Australia), so they went to those countries that didn't blocked them (like all of South America).

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Level 81
Apr 25, 2022
To replace Africans after abolishing the transatlantic slave trade, a lot of countries instead imported Asians. Britain sent more than half a million of Asians to the West Indies, for example.
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Level 84
Jan 3, 2017
Surprised Mexico didn't make it. After all, there live a good number of Lebanese, Chinese and Japanese people (both immigrants and descendants).
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Level 66
Feb 18, 2017
Using Wikipedia's resources across multiple pages linked to the "Demographics of Mexico" article as a rough, imperfect guide, the Arab-Mexican and Asian-Mexican populations combine to only about 1.2 million. And note that not all those of Arabic birth or descent will be of Asian geographical descent, too.
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Level 74
Feb 18, 2017
I love jetpunk
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2017
Another baffling quiz on this subject. I mean... are we not acknowledging that most Egyptians have Arab ancestors now?
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Level 66
Feb 18, 2017
Not so baffling if for no other reason that Egypt is not entirely in Africa because of the Sinai Peninsula. Also, and probably more to the point, the remnants of mid-20th century pan-Arabism (to which Egypt has a complicated history) might lead to the reasonable conclusion that Arabs from the Asian continent who live in Egypt now (or the descendants of such immigrants) aren't part of a "diaspora" but are rather migrants within a cross-border Arabic meta-culture (cf. how Brits who move to Australia are not considered to be comprising any diaspora).
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Level 82
Feb 18, 2017
riight
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Level ∞
Feb 18, 2017
Interesting point @kal. But I would disagree with the addition of Egypt. At some point after the Arab conquest the Arabs mixed with the native Egyptians to form a new cultural group. Certainly this new cultural group originated on the continent of Africa. DNA-wise, I'd hazard a guess that most of the DNA comes from ancient Egyptians.
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Level 82
Feb 19, 2017
And Egypt may not even be #1 in Arab ancentry in Africa.
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Level 82
Mar 4, 2017
Nobody even knows who the ancient Egyptians were or if they have any surviving descendants. Nubians? Arabs? Levantines? Some indigenous people? We know Cleopatra and her family were Greek, but she's not usually considered "ancient." They've extracted a bit of partial DNA from some 12th dynasty mummies and found a bit that is probably sub-Saharan African but it's far from a complete picture.

That's all beside the point, though. At which point does a person cease being someone's descendant because the majority of their other ancestors have been placed in some other category? Most of my ancestors were not Native American, but I don't feel like that makes me any less a descendant of my Cherokee great grandmother.

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Level 82
Mar 4, 2017
^further confusing things, the modern-day word "Greek" doesn't really mean the same thing that it did in Cleopatra's day. People today have this problem of assuming that ethnic groups that exist today were relevant in the past. They weren't. They're barely even relevant today. Populations of humans are *not* and never have been discrete or cogent except for those periods when they move to an island somewhere and become totally isolated. Egyptians, being at the crossroads of civilization as they are, and also at the edge of two "continents," are a stark illustration of this fact.
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Level 40
Jun 12, 2017
the original egyptians are Coptic
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Level 82
Jun 20, 2019
No
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Level 59
Feb 18, 2017
I almost got all of them. The only one I missed was Venezuela, but I already had half of it typed out when I ran out of time.

I'm surprised that there were so many South American countries.

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Level 71
Feb 19, 2017
How are Turkey not on their with 2.1 million from Syria?
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Level 65
Feb 19, 2017
Because Turkey is in Asia and is not counted in Europe... you've got 36 points on Jetpunk and this is news to you!? :S
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Level 59
Mar 23, 2023
Did you mean levels?
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Level 20
Feb 20, 2017
What about Papua New Guinea?

Aren't they part of Oceania?

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Level 25
Dec 28, 2020
The Netherlands has atleast 1.5 million Indonesian or "Indo" people.
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Level 63
Mar 16, 2021
Which is below the cutoff line of 1.7 million.
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Level 64
Jan 17, 2023
Add to that the significant Turkish population and percentages of people of Chinese and Vietnamese descent that correspond to those in other European countries, and I reckon the Netherlands won't have been far off making the list.
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Level 38
Apr 28, 2021
What's the definition of Asian people for the purpose of this quiz? And what is the definition of an Asian country? Because I'm absolutely sure that, depending on the definition, Russia would make the list, even if you exclude the Asian part of it.
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Level 82
Dec 19, 2023
I guess Turkey and Russia are excluded from this quiz because they're not "countries outside of Asia". Otherwise yeah, even in European Turkey there's surely more than 1.7 million of people of Turkic or Kurdish decent. And European Russia has plenty of Armenians, Kalmyks, Azeris etc, without even touching e.g. the Turkic or Uralic people from Volga region.
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Level 43
Apr 21, 2022
What about Indian diaspora in East Africa/Oceania/Caribbean?
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Level 66
Sep 2, 2022
Most of the countries with people from the indian subcontinet in Oceania and South America have small population.
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Level 70
Feb 20, 2023
Madagascar might be an interesting case. Groups like Merina number over 5 million, are genetically primarily Asian, but aren't fully Asian. Wonder if this should be a caveat or a grey box.
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Level 61
Sep 2, 2023
Canada is way more than 10%. Almost 20% according to the latest census.