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It’s a shame that you being an Asian does not know this

I somehow have the feeling that this doesn't sound right! Particularly the last does not know this part. Should it be

It's a shame that you being an Asian don't know this?

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Apart from the verb, we do not normally say that someone is an Asian (or a European, or an African), just that they are Asian/European/African. The noun (with the article) is only used when it refers to countries; for continents, the adjective is preferred. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 19 at 8:05
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Just as a suggestion, this sentence doesn't sound like natural English. Something more common would be, "As an Asian, you should know this." –  TonyArra Mar 19 at 8:29

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Instead of 'being an Asian', the term 'as an Asian' might work well.

It’s a shame that as an Asian, you do not know this.

You'd probably be better off totally rearranging the sentence to make it clearer.

It's a shame that an Asian like you does not know this.

or

It's a shame that an Asian such as you does not know this.

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It may become more apparent if you move the 'you' to the other side of 'being an Asian,' making the sentence:

"It's a shame that, being an Asian, you does not know this."

'You does' should become 'you do,' making the sentence:

"It's a shame that, being an Asian, you do not know this."

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No. I think you want:

"it's a shame that you, being (an) Asian, do not (/don't) know this"

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