Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 00:22:52 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Asian I agree with Ron Butters that "PC" is a right-wing PC term, and strongly avoid it myself. The term 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 . The term 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 China. 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 --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]