[ pan-ey-zhuhn, -shuhn ]


  1. of or relating to all Asian peoples.
  2. of or relating to Pan-Asianism.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Pan-Asian1

First recorded in 1965–70

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Example Sentences

The wonderfully fresh seafood and pan-Asian flavors you find are a feast for the senses.


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More About Pan-Asian

What does pan-Asian mean?

Pan-Asian describes something that relates to all Asian peoples, as in Layla decided to major in pan-Asian literature rather than European literature.

Pan-Asian describes something as relating to all of Asia or all Asian peoples. It implies a unity of all Asian nations, either in terms of culture, politics, ideology, faith, or other such forces. For example, it’s often used to describe restaurants and markets that sell food and products from a variety of Asian nations. Note, however, that Asia is made up of more than 40 countries, each with its own history, culture, and in many cases language.

Pan-Asian also means of or relating to Pan-Asianism, an idea of political alliance of all the Asian nations.

Example: They are having a festival downtown to celebrate pan-Asian history.

Where does pan-Asian come from?

The first records of the term pan-Asian come from around the 1960s. It combines pan, meaning “all,” implying the union of a group, and Asian, meaning “of or belonging to Asia or its inhabitants.”

Pan-Asian is almost always used in terms of culture or history, especially as being distinct from other parts of the world, even though Asian nations also differ from each other.

Pan-Asian is best used to refer to something that is one, unified group. For example, if you want to talk about cooking techniques that are used throughout all of Asia and generally not elsewhere in the world, then pan-Asian is a good choice. If, however, you want to talk about cooking techniques that are used in India, Pakistan, Nepal, and other countries in that region, South Asian is a better choice. And if you want to talk about cooking techniques specific to one country, such as China, use the term that describes that country (Chinese, in this case).

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How is pan-Asian used in real life?

Pan-Asian is most often to discuss the history and culture of all the Asian countries. It is also sometimes used to discuss the idea of a union or alliance of all the Asian countries.


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Is pan-Asian used correctly in the following sentence?

Pan-Asian literature shows that multiple nations contained similar myths about the creature.