The mysterious case of the ” Asian man ” and the never seen ” Arab man”

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Many years ago when I read the description,  “Asian man,” I immediately imagined a Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean man.I was aware that Indian men could also be described as Asian but their faces were never the first image that sprang to mind.

The MSM regularly use the description “Asian man ” instead of saying Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese or Indian. The media’s reluctance to be more specific is strange. Have you noticed that when they cover certain stories they consistently hide the offender’s actual race or ethnic identity behind this very general and non-specific description?

Here are a few examples where the man’s  actual race or ethnic identity is obscured by this broad description.

A British teenager who took her own life was afraid she would be branded a racist for posting a joke photo showing her with dark skin and a headscarf, a coroner’s inquest heard.

Phoebe Connop, 16, edited a photograph she posted during an online relationship with an Asian man.

..”From speaking to her friends in the weeks following her death, we discovered that the image had circulated further than she wanted it to.

“There had been some negative reaction and she confided in her friend, who did take the image down at her request, that she was scared of what the reaction might be from the Asian community in her area.”


An Asian man accused of killing a 35-year-old woman in Mecca is facing trial in Saudi Arabia.

The defendant reportedly stabbed the woman in her chest and abdomen which caused her death instantly.

Between 1.15 and 1.50am a woman on that street was attacked by a man who submitted her to a terrifying attack.

The suspect was caught on the CCTV above and is described as an Asian man with a beard and curly hair of medium build in his late 20s, wearing a black top with white sleeves and black shorts.

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The mainstream media like to generalise and lump a whole lot of races and ethnicities together under the title” Asian man” but strangely the general term “Arab man” is  rarely if ever used.  “Arab man”  covers a number of different races and ethnicities yet when an Arab man is in an article, his Arabness is rendered invisible. Have a look at these examples. To make my search easier I narrowed it down to articles where the man yelled out something in Arabic, thereby confirming the likelihood that he had an Arab ethnicity.

A French man shouting the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar” stabbed a British woman to death and wounded two men in an attack at a hostel in northeast Australia, police said Wednesday.

A Jewish man has been stabbed in France by an attacker heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the latest attack to shake the country… the 62-year-old victim was wearing a Jewish kippa when he was targeted.

Isn’t it interesting how the religion of the victim was reported but not the religion of the ” attacker.”

A machete-wielding man yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is greatest) injured two female police officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday, in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist act.


I must add here that the MSM consistently mistranslate Allahu Akbar which actually means “Allah is greater,” meaning Allah is greater than your God or government.It is a declaration that Allah and Islam are dominant, which is why Islamic jihadists in the midst of killing infidels so often shout it out.

A MAN screamed “Allahu Akbar” as he attacked a couple with their own picnic knife at a German music festival.

Virginia man has been charged with stabbing two people while shouting the Muslim phrase “Allahu akbar,” and the attack is under investigation by the FBI, police said.

The suspect, Wasil Farooqui, 20…

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The mug shot and police file from this incident states that Wasil’s race is Asian and that his ethnicity is Arab. Now that we understand this distinction it is clear that an ” Asian man ” is an even broader description than I realised. I am half Lebanese but if I was to stab someone and yell, “Allahu Akbar” I suspect I will be described as.. ” a woman,” ” an Auckland woman,  ” or ” An Asian woman with curly hair”

My mug shot will read…

  • Complexion Olive
  • Race Asian
  • Ethnicity Arab.
  • Country of birth New Zealand


  • Sundreamer

    It’s happening here too. In this storey there is no description of the people involved. Why? Surely it’s in the public’s interest to be wary of these types.

  • rangitoto

    This terminology has long standing in the UK. I recall way back when Idi Amin was running Uganda the British news reported the “Ugandan Asian Crisis”. I was expecting to see Chinese but they were instead from the sub continent.

  • ex-JAFA

    To be fair, they’re technically correct. But it’s hardly helpful unless you’re in the Media Party and wanting to obscure disturbing facts.

    Similarly, describing someone as “African” could mean an Arab type from the north, a dark-skinned person from the middle, or an enormous rude white man from the south.

    • phronesis

      I doubt you will ever see a white man described as an “African” regardless of how many generations they have been in Africa for. Yet it is not uncommon for a Somali refugee to be described as Swedish despite them having only arrived in the country a few months ago.

      • Seriously?

        We regularly describe people as being “South African” without needing to clarify their ethnicity.

  • waldopepper

    its pretty clearly just obfuscation. but its so obvious now its laughable. when the details of any attack are vague, you know it will be a muslim. anyone else is described correctly and in detail.

    • Seriously?

      I suppose in some cases they may not actually know the person’s religious belief, particular early on after the incident, but if just report the facts they do know and allow us to draw the pretty reliable inference… an attacker yelling “Allahu akbar” is a Muslim whose actions are inspired by their religious belief.

      I suppose in general I’d rather the MSM just report known facts, and leave inference and supposition to the reader.

      • waldopepper

        except that they will report a muslim killing women and children at the mcdonalds restaurant and running around with a bloody knife as “a man with mental health issues shouting loudly”. msm cannot be trusted to report the facts anymore.

        • Seriously?

          That is why I said in another comment I agree with the thrust of the article. But these are not good examples of that. Your example may be (depending on what the facts of the case actually were).

          All is resolved in the MSM simply report the facts. As you say they find that hard, but I’ll not criticise them when they do just stick to the facts for a change.

          • waldopepper

            frankly ive had enough of giving credit where credit is due for the one or two isolated instances where they actually report the facts, rather than the usual hyperbole, opinion and emotive twaddle of what they guy 3 streets away feels about the incident. it shouldnt be that way. bit like saying your broken watch is working fine because its correct twice a day, and therefore doesnt need fixing. but thats just me.

  • Seriously?

    I agree with the underlying thrust of the article but not the examples.

    Where they refer to someone as shouting “Allahu akbar” that tells us what matters… their religious belief and that their actions are inspired by that belief.

    I’d rather know that than their ethnicity – be it Arabian, European, Chinese, or whatever – that doesn’t matter to me. It may be informative and relevant to know where the person is from (as opposed to ethnicity), so I also welcome then saying things like “A French man…”.

    Equally, I don’t like the reference to Asian in the examples you gave. It is simple not relevant unless they are putting out a request for information and are trying to give a physical description. And as you say, if they are doing that they could be a little more specific – Asia is a big and diverse region.

  • Jannie

    MSM – Let’s tar the a whole group of people not responsible for these despicable crimes instead of the actual race or religion actually responsible then shall we? Asian’s won’t mind, them being statistically underrepresented in crime stats in Western countries.

  • biscuit barrel

    What happens when an Arab comes from Egypt, they become African ?
    Or a Russian from Siberia is an Asian but one from Moscow is European.

  • Mick Ie

    My description of ‘Asian’ is of a person with Oriental facial features as I am unable to identify their country of origin from their appearance.
    The same with the description of ‘Arab’. I don’t know their country of origin so I generalise and refer to that race of people as Middle Eastern. Never, ever once has it crossed my mind to refer Middle Easterners as Asians. I wonder how the Asian people feel about being referred to as murderers and terrorists?

    • biscuit barrel

      Its only because of the weird US system of giving everyone a ‘race’. They only have a few to chose from . Black , White, native American, Asian and Hispanic /latino. More recent they have Hawaiian or polynesian added to the list. It might work for their census stats but its definitely no reason for newspapers or anyone else to do it.
      The only useful way is to say their country of origin if they are recently from there, ie Korean or Indonesian or Australian.
      Only use a modifier if they permamnently reside elsewhere and are Arab- American or Syrian German.

  • JustADad

    If this is from UK media then it makes full sense. Over there ‘Asian’ means Indian/Pakistan/Sri Lankan and into the Middle East. I don’t ever recall seeing Asian to refer to Chinese/Japanese/… And was quite confused when I first arrived in NZ and saw the term Asian being used that way. So to my mind the uk msm are being quite consistent on this one.

  • JEL51

    If anyone had any doubt the media is being manipulated, those are perfect examples right there to remove all doubt . There is no-longer the freedom to publicly use the correct terminology, even if they choose to, for fear of backlash in one way or another.
    The media would get all betwixt&between if they had to ‘label’ our lot. With the mix of their Chinese, Asian raised Dad and my NZ5th generation Scottish origin genes, one of mine looks Asian (media classification), another could pass for Polynesian and the third looks Pakeha.(and their kids would have Granny’s staff develop mind-exploding migraines with the mix of genes they have.)
    So, as SB suggests, it is doing no-one favours by trying to hoodwink/distort reality.
    We expect better from msm.

    • BigNose

      The media isn’t being manipulated – it is doing the manipulation. These acts are deliberate.

      • JEL51

        Yeh, and that too. ( I was trying to soften my stance, so to speak )