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

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Saturday, October 18, 2003, 2:32
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." Nowadays, use of the words "Oriental" and "[the] Orient" smacks/smells of exoticism and "Orientalism" - European conceptions and misconceptions of Asia and Asians. It also creates the false dichotomy of "Orient" and "Occident." --- º°`°º ø,¸¸,ø º ° ° º ø ¸ , ø º º ø ø º Hanuman Zhang, _Gomi no sensei_ [Master of junk] "To live is to scrounge, taking what you can in order to survive. So, since living is scrounging, the result of our efforts is to amass a pile of rubbish." - Chuang Tzu/Zhuangzi, China, 4th Century BCE "The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." - Heraclitus, Greece, 5th Century BCE "...So what is life for? Life is for beauty and substance and sound and colour; and even those are often forbidden by law [socio-cultural conventions]. . . . Why not be free and live your own life? Why follow other people's rules and live to please others?..." ~Lieh-Tzu/Liezi, Taoist Sage (c. 450- c. 375 BCE) Ars imitatur Naturam in sua operatione. [Latin > "Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation."] "jinsei to iu mono wa, kichou na geijyutsu to ieru deshou" [Japanese > "one can probably say that 'life' is a precious artform"] "Nichi nichi kore ko nichi" ["Every day is a beautiful day."]


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Costentin Cornomorus <elemtilas@...>
Tim May <butsuri@...>Asian/Oriental/etc
Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>