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I think calling Chinese people as Orientals is, offensive.
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Posted 8/23/08 , edited 8/23/08

izickree wrote:
Instead of digging through your dictionaries, go learn something about denotation and connotation.


I don't know. I'm an Oriental and referred to myself as such several times, and didn't know there's anything wrong with the usage.
Besides Oriental is not just Chinese people, it can be anybody from East Asia.


rememberme wrote:

Er...it's exactly the same as calling
Americans and Europeans, Westerners...

Is that offensive?
No.....

You're an idiot....

That's offensive...

Agreed here. It's not offensive in any way.
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Posted 8/23/08
Well, Chna was called the Orient. So one should assume that a person who lived in the Orient were Orientals.
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Posted 11/1/08
Nope its no offensive
Posted 11/1/08 , edited 11/1/08
i think you making a topic about it is offensive and WOW!!!!!!!!! wtf is with those pics up there
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Posted 11/1/08
im chinese and i got no problem if ppl calling me oriental but excuse me... i didnt looks like an oriental that has black eyes and black hair

and WTF is that disgusting pic....
EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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Posted 11/1/08

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


The word oriental is nothing like saying the n word to a black person...
you are just trying to make something that is not racist seem racist.
By the way oriental doesn't just refer to Chinese people...
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Posted 11/1/08
wth oriental isn't offensive at all.
There's a dance called oriental dance and you think that's offensive?
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Posted 11/1/08
What's oriental?
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i strongly agree with u. its just wrong no matter where u come from or what race u are
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Posted 11/1/08
i agree. i hate when people say even just call everyone chinese or japanese. im like hey if u dont know what i am call me ASIAN.
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Posted 11/1/08
i dont think it seems offensive coz some people sy western people for americans!!
Posted 11/1/08
lul. It'll be a riot if someone called you, "me luv u long time. suki suki. me so horny."
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Posted 11/1/08
if i saw some Australian walk past and calling me an oriental i wouldnt like it much its just like calling An Australian Skippy or somthing like that its not rasist BUT it isnt someones name
just call me girl i you dont know my name
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Posted 11/1/08
It's considered offensive by some not because there's such thing as an Oriental rug, but because during the 1800s the "Orient" was thought to be a place of luxury, fantasy and sexual escape by Westerners.

If you've ever read Kubla Khan by Coleridge this is an example.

People living in the Orient were basically dehumanized because 'luxury' was not a good thing--they were romanticized but in this process they lost their agency as rational, indiviual beings. Basically... Europeans contrasted their enlightened reason with 'Oriental' passions and lack of intellect.

Does that make it clearer??
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Posted 11/1/08
i don't find it offensive. i just think it sounds kind of weird... where i live everyone calls asians, asians. no one says orientals. i remember one time one kid said oriental and i was like ...who still says that? but i find chink to be very offensive. i will kick your ass if you ever say that to me. chinaman is bad too but not as bad as chink.
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