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I think calling Chinese people as Orientals is, offensive.
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Posted 8/5/08
I dont.. actually i kinda like it :P, but i like Azn too
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If "Oriental" is a type of rug, then what about the Iranians who call themselves Persian, or the Berbers of Morocco. Persian and Berber are also kinds of carpets. White is a type of bread, black is a style of coffee, yet white people are not loaves of bread, nor are black people cups of coffee.
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The term, "oriental" is too vague and can be considered offensive to some people. It's similar to generalizing all Asians as "asians, same thing". No, people want a sense of individuality. The offensive rhetoric of the word Oriental comes similarly to how people generalize Eastern Indians with Arabians. It's inaccurate and ignorant.

You see an Asian man or woman, don't ask them "are you Oriental/Asian" because you will make yourself look like an ignorant ass.
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Posted 8/5/08
Oriental is someone from the orient which is a region of Asia that is also known as the far-east. Sure it's a generalization but so is European, Asian, North American, black, white, middle eastern, etc. I don't see anything offensive about it.
Posted 8/5/08
Well, the people aren't being named after rugs. I'm sure the name Oriental rug came for the name of the region/people. I'm not Asian, so I don't know if that word is offensive, nor have I heard people be offended by it.
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Oriental refers to someone or something from the Orient or east, just as Occidental refers to something from the west. These rugs your talking about are just rugs that came from an eastern nation. They're just geographical terms, and if a Chinese person is offended by it, then it's the same as them being offended when someone calls them Asian.
Posted 8/5/08
wtf?! I dnt think it's offensive. I even use in my posts/threads and no one minds.
'Oriental' is just more specific than saying 'Asian' init!
Chink/Chinaman is waaaay more offensive.
Posted 8/5/08
People in UK called Southeast asian as Oriental and they think that asian is Indian or people around that area..so I dont think it's offensive though..^_^
Posted 8/5/08
doesn't seem very offensive to me o0
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Posted 8/5/08 , edited 8/5/08

Xvaryx wrote:

Well. Maybe People that live in America doesnt think the same? but I think it is really offensive.

It is like calling black people the N word. Even some black people think the word N are really offensive because of the history.


Like I said CHINESE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE, NOT RUGS


Although it isn't just Chinese who can be referred to as oriental. It's any East Asian. I don't really find it offensive per se seeing as humans are always trying to take a person and pigeon hole them with labels. However, what I find offensive is when people just assume that since you're Asian then you must automatically be Chinese. I had one co-worker who would refer to another co-worker as "that Chinese girl" when she was Korean and I had told him her name countless times. True there are going to be people offended but such is the case with any label. There's always going to be someone offended at a label someone assigns to them whilst others embrace it and use it as sort of a sense of power.
Posted 8/5/08 , edited 8/5/08
Who cares about races anyways? Black, yellow, white, red, etc, I honestly don't give a shit. And I don't really give a shit if someone confuses my country. Country, nation, race, what value do those things have? None, they are just one of main the reasons why there are so many conflicts in this world.

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Posted 8/5/08
I've never really thought of that..
I've never actually heard someone call Chinese people Orientals..other than in movies.
I think words like chink or chinaman or ching chong tend to offend Chinese people more.
Posted 8/5/08
LOL why the hell would be offended by that....
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Posted 8/5/08
I don't think that the word Oriental is offensive. Then again, I'm not Asian so I wouldn't know. But personally I don't care how people address my race. I've heard people refer to me as "white boy", "cracker", "gorra" and many other things, and I don't mind in the least bit. I never use the word Oriental anyways though, because it seems so..., I dunno, old? I don't know how to explain it, but I don't like to use it in everyday conversation.
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Posted 8/5/08
Wow.. Hahaha I'm half Chinese and half Japanese, and... frankly.. I don't really care if people say that to me.
It could be just because I'm like... born and raised in America... but still ^-^;;

It really doesn't matter to me if people say that kind of stuff lol.
I would usually go along with it anyways and make jokes about it too XD
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