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  •  Here's the thing about us South Asians... (7+ / 0-)

    We value education, a good economy for all, health care, and rule by the people. Those are deep cultural values.

    And they all align solidly Democratic.

    Of the hundreds of South-Asian Americans I know, I believe exactly one is a Republican.

    16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

    by vidanto on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:56:21 PM PST

    •  question (3+ / 0-)
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      Do you think this differentiates South Asians from Southeast Asian or East Asians in any way?  Or from any sensible people at all in any way?

      Good, sensible, responsible people value education, a good economy for all, health care, and rule of the people.  Those are deep cultural values.

      •  I can't say for sure. (3+ / 0-)
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        I can say for sure about South Asians, hesitate to speak for other Asians as I'm not overly familiar with their culture.

        16, Progressive, Indian-American, Phillies Phan. Obama/Om/Chase Utley

        by vidanto on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:20:01 PM PST

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      •  East Asia strongly values education. (1+ / 0-)
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        SE Asian, not so much. There are historical reasons for this.

        I don't know about South Asians, but I'd say East Asians value education more than any other place on earth. That is why one of the most important things Obama says--and which falls on totally deaf Republican ears because they don't know anything about the rest of the world--is that we can't afford to let China, India, Brazil, and the rest of the world to overtake us.

        Because with Republicans in charge, those countries will overtake us.

        •  Disagree (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm from a southeast Asian family. We value education and so do many other southeast Asian families. Be careful about making such stereotypes about Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai, Cambodian, and Burmese people. If you've seen something different, it's not surprising. But remember that social and economic class factors into these things as well as ethnicity.

          •  Bro, I'm Filipino. We don't value (0+ / 0-)

            education like the Chinese do.

            If it is different for the rest of SE Asia, ok, then maybe I was generalizing.

            But no country on earth has valued education in the entire history of mankind as much as China has. That was kinda my point.

            •  Ooops, I meant bro or sis! :) nt (0+ / 0-)
            •  that's unfortunate if that's true about Filipinos (0+ / 0-)

              but I don't believe that it is true about the Southeast Asian community in general in America.  And honestly .. I don't usually think of Filipinos as Southeast Asians.  I think of them more as Asian Pacific Islanders.  Maybe that's incorrect, but there are stark differences between the southeast asian mainland countries and the Philippine Islands.  Maybe the biggest one being not as much of a longstanding history of Chinese domination and influence.

              •  Well, you are wrong. We are SE Asians. (0+ / 0-)
                •  OK (0+ / 0-)

                  Sorry for the mistake.  I can tell you that those of us from mainland southeast asia usually think of the countries from the mainland when thinking of "Southeast Asia."  Filipinos in particular are considered to be unique because of their spanish colonial history and influence, widespread Christianity, and more mixed racial background.

              •  You are the one who sounds like (0+ / 0-)

                you have some sort prejudice against us just because we Filipinos don't have as great a Chinese heritage as, say, the Vietnamese.

                And, judging from your name, I'm guessing that you are Vietnamese.

                Bah! Stop it!

                •  wrong (0+ / 0-)

                  I'm not Vietnamese.  My name isn't Vietnamese either.

                    •  I'm an American (0+ / 0-)

                      And an Asian American. And a Southeast Asian. and Laotian American. and Chinese Laotian or Laotian Chinese. Or a Chinese family that settled in Laos.  A family that values education and likes Filipinos. And I'm a guy who doesn't appreciate being accused of prejudice by another person who just said that southeast Asians don't value education.

                      •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

                        Whatever, dude. You are wasting my time.



                        •  Dude, seems like you are especially clueless. (0+ / 0-)

                          HRing some one that you are in discussion with is one of the most basic no-no's on DKos.

                          Makes me feel sad for you that you are so pathetic. We Filipinos are not so pathetic and petty as you, whatever you are.

                          Remove your HR right now, or I will write Meteor Blades. I'll give you half an hour.

                          •  Take a deep breath (0+ / 0-)

                            I did give you an HR but then removed it on second thought within a minute.  You're right that it wasn't appropriate. However I did that long before seeing your threat/demand.

                            I would say go ahead and message whoever you want though so that they can see this thread. There is one person who is calling another person pathetic and making generalizations.  And I told you what my ethnic background is , "whatever I am."  I'm sorry if you can't understand.

                          •  What the heck is your problem? (0+ / 0-)

                            You are advising ME to "take a deep breath," when you were the one who rashly HRd me?

                            Again, sounds like you are clueless.

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