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Old 07-12-2008, 07:49 PM
 
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I have seen South Asians w/ light skin, and ones with darker skin

Is there one South Asian race, or is india made up of different races
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:57 PM
 
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India is made up of hundreds of dialect groups and castes. I don't think it's a race thing, but it's complicated (so I've heard).
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:25 AM
 
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The term "race" itself isn't recognized by most natural sciences, and only social sciences as a social construct. As such, you might ask some people of India, and they might say yes, they are made up of different "races," but an objective outsider anthropologist might say no, they are one "race." Sociopolitics are of course involved. It's just very complicated.

It really isn't a phenomenon unto the Indians, though. Latin Americans range from very light to very dark. As do Asians. There are variations of colour even within Africans and Caucasians, just less ranged.
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Old 07-13-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Well in Latin america there are different races

Asia also has different races as there are many different countries

I guess what I mean is ethnicities not "race"

Because before the british raj, south asia was many little countries
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Old 07-14-2008, 03:59 AM
 
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In addition to the above the skin color is also seen as a differentiation between the "upper class" and "working class" (don't know the correct terminology) in many asian countries, independent of race/ origin.... i.e. members of the upper class do not work in the hot sun.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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originally India was populated with the out-migration from Africa, these people settled in the south. Now, through the ages there has been a lot of outside influence and inter-marriage. Spanish and Portuguese missionaries frequently visited south India. In the north there was a lot of Persian influx and in a few states bordering the Himalayas a lot of influence from neighboring China so many of these Indians look Chinese.

I think in the US, most people have only 1 image of how Indians look, i.e. the stereotypical original south indian with dark skin and african roots. The reality is that there are all sorts of mixes and you will not realize that they are Indian.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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All countries were populated by out-migration from Africa, well that's how the theory goes. Mtdna can show a glimmer of their origin.
"Indian mtDNA lineages belong to either Asian-specific haplogroup M or western Eurasian-specific haplogroups H, I, J, K, U, W and others that were not established anywhere (Kivisild et al 1999)."

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