"Asian" has an entirely different connotation in the UK than it does in the US.
Initially puzzled, I quickly recalled that “Asian” has an entirely different connotation in the UK than it does in the US. There, Asians are subcontinentals from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the like. Here, it has become a euphemism for what we used to call “Orientals,” those from China, Japan, Korea, and such. Sure enough, the story refers to the former:
To qualify as Asian, interviewees had to identify themselves as being from one of the following communities: Mixed Asian; Indian; Pakistani; Bangladeshi; Other Asian.
Asked if they agreed that families should live according to “honour”, 69% agreed, a figure that rose to 75% among young men, compared with 63% of young women.
They were also asked if they felt there was ever a justification for so-called “honour killings”. Only 3% said that it could be justified.
However, when divided by sex, 6% of young Asian men said that honour killings could be justified, compared with just 1% of Asian women surveyed.
Experts interviewed by the programme argue that the root cause of “honour” crime lies in forced marriage.
To be sure, the fact that such a large number of young people living in the UK hold those views is abhorrent regardless of which part of Asia they trace their ancestry. But it’s much less surprising that Indians and Pakistanis feel that way.