Thursday, October 8

Are you Oriental or Asian?

According to the Language Monitor the term "Oriental" is considered "offensive to Asians because it's based on the geographic relationship of Asia from a Western perspective." However, "in Europe (and in most Asian nations)... Oriental is acceptable. The Chinese are most pleased to be from the East."

What say ye Asian/Oriental-types? What doest thou prefer and why? Why is there apparently a difference in perspective between those in Europe/Asia and those in North America?

I have no agenda in asking -- just curious. I'm pretty much happy to refer to people using the terms they prefer -- pretty much.

If you leave a comment (and I hope you will) please say where you're from.
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