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Re: Asian/Oriental/etc

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Sunday, October 19, 2003, 21:29
In a message dated 2003:10:19 12:18:00 AM, butsuri@BUTSURI.FREESERVE.CO.UK

>While I agree both that the dichotomy is false (as a description of >Eurasian civilization), and that "Oriental" carries too much baggage, >is _Asian_ really any better? Hardly any useful generalization holds >across the whole of Asia, and this kind of use of the term "Asian" >doesn't, generally, refer to all of Asia, but to some specific subset >(and as we've seen, a different subset is usually implied in Britain >than in America).
Like a journalist, I was just reporting the current facts or data or whatever - as I understand them or see/hear them.
>Mind you, I don't have any ideas for a suitable replacement.
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