Asian, noun and & adjective

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EnglishShow more Special uses of general English Asian one from India, Pakistan, or any other part of Asia; of or pertaining to Asia.
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A. noun One classified as an Asian in terms of apartheid legislation; especially, a South African of Indian or Pakistani descent; Asiatic noun. See also classify, Indian noun sense 2.
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Used especially in, or with reference to, official terminology. ‘Asian’ was the last official term used during the apartheid era to refer collectively to people whose ancestral origins were in Asia; previously such people had been known as ‘Asiatics’, or were viewed in smaller groups according to whether their ancestors were Indian, Chinese, etc.
1952 [see Group Areas Act group area n. phr. sense 2 a].
1972 Sunday Times 15 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 4Allow me to thank the Johannesburg City Council for changing the signs ‘Coloureds and Asiatics’ to ‘Coloureds and Asians’ on its buses.
1974 E. Prov. Herald 19 July 5The rising generation of Asians in South Africa used English as a mother-tongue.
1988 A. Van Wyk in S. Afr. Panorama May 38The first Asians came to South Africa in 1860 as contract labourers for the developing sugar and tea industries...There are about 913 000 Asians in South Africa of whom the majority — 583 320 — are Hindu.
1990 Weekend Argus 9 June 13He no longer exists as a white, coloured, black, Indian, ‘Other Asian’, Chinese, Griqua or whatever other category Pretoria’s racial overlords would care to label him.
B. adjective Of or pertaining to the group officially designated as ‘Asians’; Asiatic adjective. See also Indian adjective sense 2.
c1970 [see group area n. phr. sense 1].
1975 S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 2Today Afrikaans is spoken by over five million white, Coloured, Asian and Black South Africans.
1980 C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo 2An Asian area is in the middle of ‘coloured’ land, and furthest away from the city centre are the three townships for Cape Town’s black residents.
1990 Bulletin (Centre for Science Dev.) Vol.2 No.1, 8The Asian population is..confined mainly to a single region, Natal.
One classified as an Asian in terms of apartheid legislation; especially, a South African of Indian or Pakistani descent; Asiaticnoun.
Of or pertaining to the group officially designated as ‘Asians’; Asiaticadjective.
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