I think its generational.....the other day, we were musing on the Hotline about the use of the word "Oriental" in reference to folks from countries in what we called the Orient....You know, Japan, Korea, China, etc.
It was the companion term to Occidentals, or Westerners. In fact there is a college in California attended by President Obama called Occidental College.
Well, I guess the preferred term of reference for those from the Far East is now "Asians."
"Asians" are people...."Orientals" are rugs...so I was told.
That's fine, I am adaptable.
Now, our Governor has codified the animus towards "oriental".
A.7698 / C.385: Requires the elimination of the use of the term "oriental" in documents utilized by state agencies, public authorities and municipalities when referring to persons of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage
Passed into law and signed by Governor Paterson.
Times have changed.....I remember when Mayor Burns and the Council would go drinking after the meetings at the Oriental Village on Gifford Street Road.
At worst, the only law being broken was the Open Meetings Law.......