Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:58:19 AM
@5Cats: Thanks... remarkable how lost that "better" was, isn't it? =^.^= @Squrlz4: It was all alone and scared! But no worries! I took it home and tucked it safely into bed :heart: I`m glad you found it funny! I am NOT a grammar or spelling Nazi, since I butcher grammar daily and cannot spell at all...
@mykunter: The term "Yellow" has fallen from favour, eh? Rightfully so. Even though White and Black are still popular. "Brown" is confusing since it sometimes refers to Latinos and other times to Indians (from India. "East Indians"?) eh?
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:27:56 PM
@Mykunter: If you know the person's background, there`s always Chinese-American, Japanese-American, etc. But the main point is this: None of my Asian friends object to being referred to as "Asian"; the same cannot be said of "Oriental."
I appreciate where you were going with your parsing of *Asian* and *Caucasian*, but it doesn`t hold water. Let me explain.
If you`re going to call people "Oriental," literally "from THE EAST," then you should be consistent and call French, Germans, and Spaniards "Oriental" too--because they`re ALL east of you.
"But that`s silly," you say. "I`m using the term *Oriental* the way it was used by the British circa 1850." To which I say, EXACTLY. *Oriental* is a term that defines people not by where they`re from, but by where they`re NOT from. "They`re from EAST OF HERE, the British Empire, so that`s what we`ll call them."