Why did Oriental become offensive?

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    Does anyone remember?

    All I know is that for most of my life, oriental was the de facto term used to describe any of the various mongoloid ethnicities of Asia. And then somewhere along the way, I don't remember exactly when, it was brought to my attention that the term oriental is offensive and that I should instead use the term Asian. Clearly that's less accurate, since it's not intended to include many other Asian ethnicities like Indian, Pakistani, Iranian etc., but whatever, I'll call anyone whatever they want to be called. But from a purely intellectual curiosity standpoint, I'd like to understand why the term was deemed to be offensive.

    Can anyone explain to me why the term oriental is considered offensive?
     
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    no, i can't, and like you, i have no recollection of exactly when it became offensive. it just happened.

    my brother in law is chinese, i'll ask him the next time i see him.
    he's a good guy so iexpect he won't know either.
     
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    I thought Asian was also offensive...didn't Michelle Malkin get bent out of shape because she was referred to as Asian?
     
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    I have a sneaking suspicion that it's being deemed offensive has little if anything to do with Asians actually being offended by it. But I could be wrong.
     
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    Good question, I haven't researched that one but I bet (in this country) it goes back to the immigration of the "yellow devils" in the west. Most towns and cities had anti-Chinese committees, then of course there was WWII and the Japanese internment.
     
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    I usually use the word "gook" to describe a person who is asian.

    Maybe my Vietnam experience has something to do with it. :cool:
     
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    My daughter's boyfriend is half Thai on his mother's side.

    My boyfriend's mother is from Singapore.

    We do love those Asian men.


    And Sunni, PLEASE call my bf a 'gook' to his face, I'd pay money to see that.
     
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    Political correctness strikes again!
     
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    So your bf has insecurity issues about his ethnicity huh? I'm surprised that's not a turn-off for you.
     
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    Yeah, that's it! :rofl: :rofl:
     

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