The word “Oriental”…is it offensive to you when one refers to you as such? I’ve been called this indirectly and directly several times in the past several years. One time, I was in class lecture and the instructor said “Oriental” to refer to Asians. Good thing he didn’t look at me when he said it because I would’ve smacked him. Well, maybe not, but the funny thing is that nobody in the classroom noticed it except me. Granted, I was the only Oriental in the classroom. Were the non-Orientals not aware or do they just not care? Is this word really offensive? I mean, do I personally care? Uhh…not really. I think it’s kind of silly that I’m being referred to as some sort of object like a piece of furniture or rug. But whatever. I did have one dude ask me if I spoke Oriental and he was totally serious. That was a riot. I told him of course I can…I’m Orientese and I was born in the Orient and that makes me Oriental…motherfucker!
I think the majority of the guilty parties are of an older age/generation. Nevertheless I think most people know that this word is not exactly politically correct and can be deemed offensive to Orientals in general. I swear the next time someone calls me Oriental, I’m going to refer to them as…American? White? Shit, there isn’t an equivalent for “Oriental” for them is there? Damnit. At any rate, I have to decide now whether I prefer to be called an “Oriental” or “China Man”. You know what? What we need to do is have this O-word to be like the N-word for Blacks. Shit Oriental, never mind. What do you guys think? Do you get offended? Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?
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