Dear Non-Asian People
It should be common sense that Asia is a continent and consists of numerous countries and is home to a vast range of cultures. You don’t need an in-depth education on Asia to know well enough that Asia is not a country.
Today a certain question reared its ugly head again and I was asked if I was Asian. My sarcastic rebuttal was that no, I’m Italian. I am told that she didn’t know if I was “Asian or Vietnamese or whatever”. Yes. I hail from the great country of Asia.
Her excuse? Well she’s not from Asia so she doesn’t really care to learn about it. You don’t need to “learn about Asia” to know that Asia is a continent and there are individual countries within it. No one expects you to know every single country in Asia but surely you have been shown a map at some point in your life and have learned that Asia is one of seven (I will stress again) continents.