Is it politically correct to call someone Oriental?

I was told that Oriental is a rug and that it is more proper to use the term Asian. How do the Asians feel about that? No offenses intended here. I just want to be respectful. Thank you

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I don't particularly like being referred to as "Oriental" as it's kind of the equivalent of calling an African American "colored" - it's dated and kind of derogatory, although not as bad as other names. I'm okay with "Asian" or "Asian American" as I was born and raised in the US; additionally they are generally accepted as politically correct . I don't mind when people ask me specifically what ethnicity I am as it kind of breaks the "they all look alike" mentality. Just don't assume that when I open my mouth I'll speak with an accent, that I wasn't born here, or that I'm good at math.

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    Is it politically correct to call someone Oriental?

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  • 1 decade ago

    A few Asians have told me that Asian describes people and their various cultures. Oriental describes things.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Asian is the correct term. Rugs and food are Oriental

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  • undone
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    1 decade ago

    I think Asian is preferred. I havent heard anyone use "oriental" when referring to a person in decades so I would go with Asian.

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  • Lizzie
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    1 decade ago

    Asian is P.C. now a days. Oriental is more applicable for items like rugs and decor.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oriental is a form of art.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Oriental is for objects, not people. Asian is fine.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I always tell people that...

    "Rugs and food are Oriental. People are Asian."

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  • 1 decade ago

    I believe that Asian is preferred. If you know their specific nationality, that is even better, i.e., Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, etc.

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