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    Politically Correct?

    We have had a few discussions on the topic of politically correct topics lately, and it reminded me of a conversation on these boards from quite some time ago. I cannot remember what the discussion was about so the other person will remain nameless and hopefully unidentifiable. Who it is is not important. What I am going to ask is if I was being politically correct in this discussion.

    Conversation: something about Asians, some one calls Asians "oriental", another person points out that properly, the correct term is Asian.

    Me: I learned some time ago that Asian refers to people, Oriental to objects, so I always use Asian

    Other person: You are just being Politically Correct.

    Me: I don't think I am, it is effortless on my part to say Asian and I then don't have to worry about offending any one accidentally.

    Other Person: Exactly, you are trying not to offend, so you are being PC.

    Now, obviously this is somewhat paraphrased and condensed from a longer conversation. What I want to know though, is in the example I gave as I gave it, am I being Politically Correct to use the term Asian instead of Oriental?
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    You're basic Asian isn't necessarily a Chink, but any oriental I'd say is a Gook.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

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    Politically Correct?Let's be careful with some of the "racial" or "ethnic" comments, even if they are being used in jest or to further the discussion.
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    As far as I am aware Oriental is simply the opposite of the term Occidental

    Though I have to admit some Asians look at Western civilisation as one great big "occident":p
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    The issue with "oriental" is that it's Eurocentric-- "orient" is Latin for "east". Hell, they're west of America.

    As far as PC goes, if I know someone, I call them what they prefer to be called. I'm only PC with people I don't know.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    The issue with "oriental" is that it's Eurocentric-- "orient" is Latin for "east". Hell, they're west of America.
    Well, since we live on a sphere they're east of America, west of America, and north and south too.

    As far as the OP goes, it was maybe a little bit politically correct, but for the most part, I think it was just modern. Oriental is not so much offensive as outdated.
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Yeah, that's pretty much the definition of PC. Modifying behaviour so as not to give unnecessary and unintended offence.
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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    The issue with "oriental" is that it's Eurocentric-- "orient" is Latin for "east". Hell, they're west of America.
    Yes, everyone knows you can't get there by flying east.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Yeah, that's pretty much the definition of PC. Modifying behaviour so as not to give unnecessary and unintended offence.
    Exactly. When I give offense, I want to know I'm doing it and I want the victim to know I know it.

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    Re: Politically Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    We have had a few discussions on the topic of politically correct topics lately, and it reminded me of a conversation on these boards from quite some time ago. I cannot remember what the discussion was about so the other person will remain nameless and hopefully unidentifiable. Who it is is not important. What I am going to ask is if I was being politically correct in this discussion.

    Conversation: something about Asians, some one calls Asians "oriental", another person points out that properly, the correct term is Asian.

    Me: I learned some time ago that Asian refers to people, Oriental to objects, so I always use Asian

    Other person: You are just being Politically Correct.

    Me: I don't think I am, it is effortless on my part to say Asian and I then don't have to worry about offending any one accidentally.

    Other Person: Exactly, you are trying not to offend, so you are being PC.

    Now, obviously this is somewhat paraphrased and condensed from a longer conversation. What I want to know though, is in the example I gave as I gave it, am I being Politically Correct to use the term Asian instead of Oriental?
    "Oriental" has traditionally referred to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ethnicities. "Asian," as it is used today, covers a much broader group of people. So I'd say it's not simply a matter of political correctness, but a shift in terminology due to the fact that we have more folks in this country of Asian origin who aren't Orientals than we did when the term "Oriental" was more in vogue.
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