Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 00:22:52 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Re: Asian
I agree with Ron Butters that "PC" is a right-wing PC term, and strongly
avoid it myself. The term Asian gained currency in the U.S. about 20
years ago when (mainly East) Asians were searching for a common term of
reference beyond their national designations, and wanted to avoid the
Eurocentric colonial term Oriental . The term Asia is an indigenous one
to the area, so it was embraced as the favored term.
When I was living in Taiwan, the absurdity of "Oriental" or "Far East"
came home to me when I looked east toward the United States (!) and watched
the sun come up over the Pacific, and looked West and saw it set over mainland
For those who commented earlier, I believe that geographers often
include much of the Near East in "Southwest Asia". And after all, the area
of modern Turkey east of the Bosphorus has long been called "Asia Minor".
--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ccit.arizona.edu)