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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiam View Post
    I don't know... I never hear food referred to as oriental food.
    And as an Asian foodie, it is damned imprecise! Boy there is a difference between
    thai and Vietnamese cuisines. I love both of them and for difference reasons.

    I am not fond of Japanese cuisine because I think it is bland, although I do buy bland sushi regularly at our local grocery store. The sushi maker is Asian, and I doubt that he is
    japanese, but who knows. I often wonder how and why he was selected as their sushi maker, and is it racist to put him behind the sushi counter? He always says “Thank you!” When
    I pick up a package of
    sushi.

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    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed...nap-story.html


    As an Oriental, I am bemused. Apparently Asians are supposed to feel demeaned if someone refers to us as Orientals. But good luck finding a single Asian American who has ever had the word spat at them in anger. Most Asian Americans have had racist epithets hurled at them at one time or another: Chink, slant eye, gook, Nip, zipperhead. But Oriental isn't in the canon.

    And why should it be? Literally, it means of the Orient or of the East, as opposed to of the Occident or of the West. Last I checked, geographic origin is not a slur.

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    Iíve never heard food called this either. Possibly because, as iris liky mentions ina later comment, with the differences between Asian countriesí cuisines it would make even less sense than if we created a food category called North American food.

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    IL your wetback story reminded me a of when a manager called in an order to a coworker at a former job. Frustrated she finally called him back. "I've checked and checked and I just can't find Towelhead Engineering in the system".

    He couldn't believe that she thought that was the real name of the business, and that wasn't familiar with the large ethnic account we had. But I guess some people really would list an account or catalog card that is offensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    IL your wetback story reminded me a of when a manager called in an order to a coworker at a former job. Frustrated she finally called him back. "I've checked and checked and I just can't find Towelhead Engineering in the system".

    He couldn't believe that she thought that was the real name of the business, and that wasn't familiar with the large ethnic account we had. But I guess some people really would list an account or catalog card that is offensive.
    ack!

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    IL, glad you fixed it. Being referred to in that way is horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yppej View Post
    Has anyone studied Yiddish? I have an opposite concern. I took German classes before. Would the languages be so similar that I would confuse the two?
    Well despite Askenazi surnames amongst her ancestors my mother's DNA test turned up no Jewish ancestry, and I have lost my motivation to learn Yiddish. But Dado Potato's borscht post did get me thinking about the language. I associate Russia with borscht, but he wrote "schmecht" which is German, and maybe Yiddish too? The Borscht Belt is Jewish.

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