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

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 22, 2003, 10:08
Quoting J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>:

> In a message dated 2003:10:17 07:27:28 PM, markjreed@MAIL.COM writes: > > >On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 01:05:08PM -0400, Paul Bennett wrote: > >> "Oriental" is considered racist? > > > >By some, yes. As with most such terms, it's purely a matter of perception, > >and what is politically correct changes over time, but "Asian" is currently > >in fashion. > > 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."
I don't know whether accuracy has that much to do with it - I pretty much never see anyone from the western half of Asia described as an "Asian". Indeed, "Asian" and "Far Eastern" often seem to be used synonymously. Andreas