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A person of American and Asian ancestry, especially one whose mother is Asian and whose father is American.

Am′er·a′sian adj.
Usage Note: Amerasian is not a synonym for either Asian American or Eurasian. The word dates to the early 1950s and has been used primarily with reference to children fathered in Asia by American servicemen. Since American servicemen are of varying backgrounds, there is no particular racial or ethnic connotation to Amerasian apart from the fact that one parent, generally the mother, is an ethnic Asian. In contrast, Asian American is typically used of a person whose parents are both ethnic Asians but who by birth or naturalization is an American citizen, while Eurasian designates a person of mixed Asian and European, or white, parentage. Though many Amerasians are, ethnically speaking, also Eurasians, in practice the two terms do not overlap very much, with Amerasian continuing to be restricted in usage to the historical context of the American military presence in East and Southeast Asia.
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(əˌmɛrˈeɪʃən; əˌmɛrˈeɪʒən)
(Peoples) a person of mixed American and Asian parentage; used esp to refer to someone with an American father and an Asian mother
(Peoples) of or relating to Amerasians
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(ˌæm əˈreɪ ʒən, -ʃən)

1. a person of mixed American and Asian descent, esp. a child of a U.S. serviceman and an Asian woman.
2. of mixed American and Asian descent.
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nAmérasien(ne) m/f
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'They struggle to fit in because they're half-Filipino and half-something else,' said actress Bela Padilla of Amerasians, whom she fondly called 'half-half.' She met some while doing the independently produced film, 'I America,' in Olongapo City.
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Under current law, asylees, refugees, and Cuban-Haitian entrants (as well as certain aliens whose deportation/removal is being withheld for humanitarian reasons and Vietnam-born Amerasians fathered by U.S.
High Commissioner for Refugees; (3) resolve the issue of the estimated several thousand Amerasians (whose fathers are Americans and whose mothers are Vietnamese) who reportedly wished to immigrate from Vietnam to the United States; and (4) obtain release from Vietnamese prison camps and the opportunity to immigrate to the United States of thousands of Vietnamese who worked for the United States in South Vietnam or were otherwise associated with the U.S.
(11) Refugee/asylee treatment is accorded to Cuban/Haitian entrants, certain aliens whose deportation/removal is withheld for humanitarian purposes, Vietnam-born Amerasians fathered by U.S.
soldiers, Amerasians who were ( widely discriminated against  by a society that dismissed them as "( children of the dust " - products of fraternizing with the enemy - often growing up on the streets.
In Part IV, the treatment of two significant groups of interracial Koreans, the Amerasians and Koasians, will be examined.
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