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Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 5 12:47:48 UTC 2016

> Do not use...

Why not?

Has anyone determined what percentage of East Asian people are
actually "offended" by "Oriental"?

Or is it an argument from the authority of the handful of persons who
asserted it was offensive ca1970?

After nearly half a century, however, it is clear that "East Asian" is
in and "Oriental" is out.  Which is fine with me.  My objection is to
the smug acceptance of glib pronouncements by persons (usually not
linguists or psychologists) whose agenda is and backed by no objective


On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 8:20 AM, Christopher Philippo <toff at mac.com> wrote:
> On Jun 4, 2016, at 1:38 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> I don't believe that the networks care about "Asian" one way or the other.
>> They don't "prefer" it. It simply costs them nothing to use it. As long as
>> it keeps the Orientals happy and spending their money.
> I don’t personally know anybody of any generation who uses the word in reference to people, so the defense of it is somewhat surprising.
> TV networks probably have stylebooks of their own or follow some standard like the Associated Press Stylebook:
> "Orient,. Oriental. Do not use when referring to East Asian nations and their peoples. Asian is the acceptable term for an inhabitant of those regions.”
> https://books.google.com/books?id=vUmACgAAQBAJ&pg=RA2-PR53
> As for networks’ motivation for the terms they use or avoid, perhaps that’s a matter best left for actual study rather than personal speculation.
> Christopher Philippo
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