Sunday, August 06, 2006

This is to islandrider....

Your blog will only let me leave one comment so I will try and answer your question here. Why is the term "orientals" suddenly taboo? The Orient is a region and does not contain all of the said "orientals" therefore making it an inadequate term. That point alone does not make it offensive, I know. As the times change, our voacbularies change. We don't say negro or colored anymore even though, at one time, these were considered common and neutral labels. Personally I feel like "orientals" sounds ignorant, not offensive. Race issues are new ground to this white bread girl. I'm trying to figure this stuff out, too.

1 comment:

TangoDelta said...

I've been told that Asian is a person, Oriental is a rug. And that was by someone who lives in East Asia...

Oriental has its origins in Latin - means East. I don't think it really matters, except to the listener.

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