#1 What is Asia?
According to White people, Asia is everything eastward of Europe. Thus making the Middle-East, Central Asia, Siberia, East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia all as “Asians”. And Pacific Islanders? They just get tagged along with them too.
#2 Why does it need to be redefined?
Because not all “Asians” are “Asians”. You have the Islamic, the Buddhist, Taoist-Confucian, the Hindu, the Christian, the French, Dutch, British, Russian, Spanish, American colonized Asians, you have the Tibeto-Burmese speaking people, the Sino, Khmer-Vietic-Mon, Tai-Kadai, Hmong-Mien, Altaic (Japanese/Korean & Mongol), malay-poly speaking people from different ethnicities. You have an entire Indo-Aryan and Dravadin, semetic, siberian, etc. etc. speaking people from different cultures, histories, influences and so on.
There are a huge diversity of “Asians”. There’s a difference in linguistics, ethnicity, culture, history and identity between all “Asians” from Indochina, Vietnam, Indian subcontinent, all the Pacific Islands, Korean Peninsula, Japan, Eastern China, Siberia, Southwest China, Tibet, Central Asia, Middle-East, and so on, from different backgrounds on so many levels. So why are we all grouped up as “Asians”?
#3 Why is it a problem?
Because to have a Chinese/Indian guy to represent all of “Asians” (East Asian/South Asian) is upsetting. They have a totally different background, religion, language group and ethnicity. You can’t have a Chinese guy represent the Muslim Filipino, the Lao Buddhist, the Christian Korean. You can’t have an Indian guy represent a Buddhist Nepalese, a Islamic Bangladeshi, a Tibetan Monk, etc. etc.
We all speak different languages, have different religions, different cultures, come from a different ethnicity and different history.