Kaylas Tell Off the Karens

“Don’t call an Asian person Oriental, that’s offensive,” said the smug white woman to me a few years ago. I never got that memo, so thanks.

Oriental: usually offensive term used to define people from Asia. associated with colonialism. politically incorrect.

During my erratic reading about China, both fiction and non-fiction, I ran across a televised Chinese talent show named “Let’s Go Oriental Angel.” I guess the Chinese have no problem describing themselves as oriental. Where’s that white woman?

Oriental: from Latin meaning to rise, come to be born, to exist.

A Middle Eastern restaurant that I frequent plays a YouTube channel by the name of “Oriental Journey.” It plays music and video form the Middle East & North Africa (MENA region). So far neither the Arabic owners of the restaurant nor the diverse customer base started to rant at that channel title. Smug white women must not eat there.

Oriental: referring to The East vs. occidental which refers to The West.

Words can only do so much before they run into limitations. Stop offending words by pushing them into muddled agendas.

White women: creating problems when none existed before.

Beware of Kaylas

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