If you ask an Asian in Canada, “Where are you from?”, the person may be take offense at being assumed a foreigner because of her race, or she may be happy to tell you about her motherland. Foreign-born and native-born Asian Canadians are different. They should not be lumped together and treated the same.
Although you cannot tell if an Asian individual is foreign-born or Canadian-born by looking at his physical features (being born and raised in a Western country does not change small, slanted eyes into large, round eyes), we have data on Asian Canadian visible minorities as an aggregate and where they are from.
On average, 3 in 10 visible minorities were Canadian-born. The breakdown of the Canadian-born percentages across the individual visible minority groups are shown below.
|Visible minority group||Percentage Canadian-born||Canadian-born occurrence|
|Japanese||63.2||2 out of 3|
|Black||44.3||9 out of 20|
|Southeast Asian||31.2||1 out of 3|
|South Asian||29.3||1 out of 3|
|Arab||27.0||3 out of 10|
|Filipino||25.6||1 out of 4|
|Chinese||25.5||1 out of 4|
|Latin American||21.1||1 out of 5|
|Korean||15.0||3 out of 20|
|West Asian||14.8||3 out of 20|
(The “Canadian-born occurrence” column is an extrapolation from the percentage, not explicitly listed in the analysis series article.)
- Statistics Canada. 2008. Canada’s Ethnocultural Mosaic, 2006 Census. 2006 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 97-562-X. Ottawa. Released April 2, 2008.