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    Does this "ethnic" refer to "a person from a minority" not in racial sense?

    12)These days, Hollywood is welcoming more and more young Korean-American actors into the casts of its blockbuster movies... But Yoo isn't the only ethnic Korean enjoying recent fame...

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    Default Re: ethnic Korean enjoying recent fame

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this "ethnic" refer to "a person from a minority" not in racial sense?

    12)These days, Hollywood is welcoming more and more young Korean-American actors into the casts of its blockbuster movies... But Yoo isn't the only ethnic Korean enjoying recent fame...
    Are you thinking about your questions before posting them today keannu?
    "Yoo isn't the only ethnic Korean ..." What else could this possibly mean, but that Yoo is racially, or by nationality, Korean?

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    Default Re: ethnic Korean enjoying recent fame

    I thougt about it, the first meaning that came into my mind was also "racially, by nationality", but this definition only in Korean says it can sometimes mean "a person from a minority" as a noun form. Yes, that was not a noun but an adjective, but I was a little bit confused.

    ethnic : ??? ????
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    Default Re: ethnic Korean enjoying recent fame

    They have an "ethnic food" aisle in the supermarket, where you may find specialties from Mexico and the Middle East and Asia, etc. There "ethnic" would refer to a minority status, these items are not as popular or known of as are the items in the other aisles in the store.

    But in your context it clearly means someone whose heritage is Korean.

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    Default Re: ethnic Korean enjoying recent fame

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I thougt about it, the first meaning that came into my mind was also "racially, by nationality", but this definition only in Korean says it can sometimes mean "a person from a minority" as a noun form. Yes, that was not a noun but an adjective, but I was a little bit confused.

    ethnic : ??? ????
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    'Ethnic' doesn't mean "a person from a minority" unless they are also from an ethnic minority. It doesn't mean a group which comprises less than 50% of the population, which is what "a minority group" is.
    Here are some minority groups in Australian society - men, amputees, high income earners, Koreans, cat owners, dentists... Only one of these minorities could be referred to as 'ethnic'.

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