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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.


(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


(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.


nAmérasien(ne) m/f
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In Part IV, the treatment of two significant groups of interracial Koreans, the Amerasians and Koasians, will be examined.
And the never- ending stories of Amerasians looking for fathers begin again in any one of the clubs.
Family members of former military personnel and administrative staff of the former South Vietnamese government were discriminated against in education and employment, as were the Chinese and Amerasians.
Eligibility for refugee social services include refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certain Amerasians from Vietnam who are admitted to the U.
5 Family members of former military personnel and administrative staff of the South Vietnamese government faced discrimination in education and employment, as did Chinese and Amerasians (Desbarats 1990, pp.
refugees, asylees, aliens whose deportation is being withheld, Amerasians, and Cuban/Haitian entrants and victims of a severe form of trafficking[; and] veterans, members of the military on active duty, and their spouses and unmarried dependent children.
Due to discrimination against the Amerasians in postwar Vietnam, the child was sent to an orphanage in Vung Tau.
In the 1980s, we brought Amerasians from Vietnam so they would not suffer discrimination due to their parentage.
In the '80s, we brought Amerasians over from Vietnam so they would not suffer discrimination due to their parentage.
Despite one study estimating there are as many as 250,000 Amerasians and their offspring in the Philippines, they are a largely forgotten community.
See John Shade, America's Forgotten Children: The Amerasians 15 (1981) (cataloguing estimates of the number of Amerasian children born in Vietnam at between 20,000 and 100,000); Amerasian Immigration Proposals: Hearing on S.
Buck delivered a consistent message that although Amerasians might be located spatially outside the United States, their status as children of military servicemen made them the collective responsibility of Americans.