Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 10:05:01 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka 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? Aaron Drews' comments made me think of how "oriental" is used to describe religions. Although we often talk of Christianity as as Western religion, I run across comments in myth texts in which Christianity, like the cult of Adonis, is called an "oriental religion." But it would be hard to call Christianity an "Asian religion." Such a term would make me think more of religions like Buddhism or Shintoism, which come from farther east. The problem is that Asia is too large. It's hard to think of the Middle East as Asian or West Asian or of Middle Easterners as Asians or West Asians--which makes you wonder about Russians as Eastern Occidentals or Californians as Western Occidentals or--time to go read finals for the quarter. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]