ASIA – BLACK IN THE WORLD
There are a number of communities in South Asia that are descended from African slaves, traders or soldiers. These communities are the Siddi, Sheedi, Makrani and Sri Lanka Kaffirs. In some cases, they became very prominent, such as Jamal-ud-Din Yaqut, Hoshu Sheedi or the rulers of Janjira State. The Mauritian creole people are the descendants of African slaves similar to those in the Americas.
Some Pan-Africanists also consider other peoples as diasporic African peoples. These groups include, among others, Negritos, such as in the case of the peoples of the Malay Peninsula (Orang Asli); New Guinea (Papuans); Andamanese; certain peoples of the Indian subcontinent, and the aboriginal peoples of Melanesia and Micronesia. Most of these claims are rejected by mainstream ethnologists as pseudoscience and pseudoanthropology, as part of ideologically motivated Afrocentrist irredentism, touted primarily among some extremist elements in the United States who do not reflect on the mainstream African-American community. Mainstream anthropologists determine that the Andamanese and others are part of a network of Proto-Australoid and Paleo Mediterranean ethnic groups present in South Asia that trace their genetic ancestry to a migratory sequence that culminated in the Australian aboriginals rather than from African peoples directly.
Policy & Politics
Policy & Politics in Asia
There were several migration waves and relocations which took place and affected people of African descent. Their place in society and opportunities of advancement remains challenged to various degrees in different parts of the world. In our Monthly Highlights section we feature individuals who have overcome, and who are testament of the redeeming power of determination and talent. Below are the accomplished individuals in Policy & Politics in Asia.
Business & Education
Business & Education in Asia
Individuals of the diaspora in this region continue to make strides in this category. They continue to work diligently to reach notable, national, and international accomplishments.
Art & Culture
Art & Culture in Asia
There were several migration waves and relocations which took place and affected people of African descent. Their place in society and opportunities of advancement remains challenged to various degrees in different parts of the world. In our Monthly Highlights section we feature individuals who have overcome, and who are testament of the redeeming power of determination and talent. Below are the accomplished individuals in Art & Culture in Asia.
Continent or region
 Black and black-mixed population
|Hong Kong||7,200,000||< 0.3%||< 20,000|
(*)Note that population statistics from different sources and countries use highly divergent methods of rating the “race”, ethnicity, or national or genetic origin of individuals, from observing for color and racial characteristics, to asking the person to choose from a set of pre-defined choices, sometimes with an Other category, and sometimes with an open-ended option, and sometimes not, which different national populations tend to choose in divergent ways. Color and visual characteristics were considered an invalid way to determine the genetic “racial” branch in anthropology (the field of science that original conceived of “race”, as a genetic branch of people who could have a relative success together compared with other branches, now considered invalid) as of 1910, thus not fully reflecting the percentage of the population who actually are of African heritage.