Am I correct in my understanding that the Indian people, as a race, are considered "Asian".

Presuming I have that correct can some explain to me why, the indian heritage and culture to my foreign eyes seems very distinct from other Asian cultures.

Is it a term Indians themselves use to describe themselves? If so do Indians feel a closer tie to other Asian countries than they do say, Pakistan? I assume of course Pakistanis dont describe themselves as Asian...

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@freemo Here in Canada the usual reference is to "South Asian" people. There's also "South East Asian" for the region previously called Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, etc). Asia is a huge area, tremendous spread North to South as well - Siberia to Sri Lanka all are part of.

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