Politically correct labels for people from Asia
Posted on December 12, 2008 by pacificyorkshirebird
Sometimes I feel like I have been in Yorkshire long enough that I have forgotten some of the things that used to shock me. But one thing that gets me EVERY time is the use of the term “Chinese” to describe anyone that might be from the general area of Korea, Thailand, Japan, China, the Philippines etc…
While visiting my home town last week I tried to explain this to my Filipino friend. He just didn’t get it at all. If you look at a map, all the above areas are part of Asia. So why is the term “Asian” reserved for people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh? I just can’t make sense of it.
PS. Sorry for my absence while I was on holiday… I’m back now!