Origin of AmerasianAmer(ican) + Asian
- both American and Asian: an Amerasian child
- of or for Amerasians
Origin of AmerasianAmer(ican) + Asian.
Amerasian is not synonymous with Asian American (an American of Asian heritage). The term is most closely associated the Korean and Vietnam Wars, during which many children were fathered in Asian countries by American servicemen. . Chambers Dictionary explicitly restricts the word to "fathered by an American serviceman in Vietnam or Korea" (1998 ed. p.47).