Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Oriental is the Asian N-word?

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For the past couple years I’ve been hearing that the word ‘oriental‘ is offensive to Asians. Being Asian myself, I’ve never considered this as a word which caused any negative feelings and use the word myself without hesitation. There’s been a few instances where someone around me has used the word ‘oriental‘ and stopped the conversation to apologize to me before continuing on with the conversation. I certainly don’t know where people get the notion that certain words offend certain people.

Are there any other words that people think offend a certain group that actually may not?


Written by justinjayjones

October 30, 2009 at 2:49 am

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