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Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, October 18, 2003, 3:23
On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 10:32:17PM -0400, J Y S Czhang wrote:
> It is not so much Political Correctness as geo-cultural accuracy - hence > the National Geographic's current policy of using _Asian_ and _Asia_ versus > "Oriental" and "[the] Orient."
Accept that Asia is a pretty big place, of which "the Orient" is only one part. So it would seem to be a more precise term.
> Nowadays, use of the words "Oriental" and "[the] Orient" smacks/smells of > exoticism and "Orientalism" - European conceptions and misconceptions of Asia > and Asians.
Well, misconceptions will persist no matter what they call their target. :) I don't think the increasing Western awareness of what the various Asian cultures are really like is due to a vocabulary change.
> It also creates the false dichotomy of "Orient" and "Occident."
"Orient" and "Occident" are just "East" and "West" gussied up. How is that a false dichotomy? -Mark