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One thing I'm curious about, having only recently returned to the US after 12 years in Britain, is when did 'oriental' as a term to describe people from East Asia, become offensive, or at least a no-no? Seeing as 'oriental' means 'eastern' surely it's a better descriptor than 'Asian-American' which covers such a wide ground (I don't see much similarity in looks between, say, Indians, Koreans, and Samoans). Anyone have any idea? I mean, since it seems to be 'wrong' to say it, I won't, I'm just curious as to what changed between my childhood and now.

R Helms June 10, 2004, 12:00am

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