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Not all Asians are Orientals nor all Blacks African-American

Sep 21 2015

I am always amused by the lack of cultural or geographical knowledge in most people in the US. I recall sitting in a conference room once, with a large group of people, and a Middle Easterner referred to a person as Oriental. To our chagrin, a Ms. Wong jumps up pointing at and admonishing the fellow for being so politically incorrect, and that the person in question is Asian and not Oriental.

So it struck me that this political correctness with respect to race is somewhat overdone and that not all Asians are oriental, and that the accused was actually correct. It all depends on where you come from and your reference point. Another common and disturbing usage is calling every black person an African-American. We're even adding religion to the mix, e.g., Jewish-American.

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