Date: Tue, 12 Mar 1996 22:51:22 -0500 From: Aaron Drews Subject: Re: Asian On Tue, 12 Mar 1996, Ron Rabin wrote: > Has the meaning of Asian changed recently in American English? > When Oriental became no longer PC, Asian was substituted. Does Asian > now mean what Oriental used to mean whatever Asian used to mean before > this substitution? > Ideas? Funny that. I just had a similar discussion on another (non-linguistic) mailing list. It seems that "oriental" carries the same weight as "nigger" to some people. Plus, "oriental" refers to rugs, and Asian refers to people. The Persians aren't happy about this though. Somebody postulated that "oriental" has become derogatory because of literary connotations of the word, which implies barbarism or something like that. By some sort of osmosis, those that determine what is and is not PC have adopted the same definition for "oriental" and declared it un-PC. Personally, I'm not satisfied with that explanation, and I'm still trying to figure out why "oriental" is so bad. If anyone has an answer, please let me know!!! --Aaron E. Drews _________________________________________________________________________ Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.