Asian American, Asian-American

Form the noun without the hyphen, as in French Canadian. In compound phrases, where the term is used as an adjective, a hyphen may be used, as in French-Canadian folklore. So, too, with Japanese American and Pakistani American. A few Asian Americans see a pejorative connotation to Asian-American with a hyphen, in part because of Theodore Roosevelt’s denunciation early in the 20th century of “hyphenated Americans” who do not join the American mainstream.

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