Sunday, January 22, 2006

Don't Call Me "Oriental"!
I'm "Asian"

As many of you can tell... I'm proudly Politically Incorrect. Case in point; The wife and I were watching the Miss America Contest last night. Miss Georgia, Monica Pang, seemed to play the Race Card just a wee bit too much.

I was really pushing for Pang as well. But I tell ya, she must have said it at least 3 or 4 times; "I'm Asian-American". OK, Monica... we get it. Your Mom has blond hair and blue eyes and very Germanic, but you dad's Chinese. We heard you the first 3 times. Enough already.

Hmmm... Asia's a pretty big continent. Lebanon's in Asia. Why can't we refer to those of Lebanese extraction as Asian-Americans? Sammy Hagar, Casey Kasem, Doug Flutie, Danny Thomas, Salma Hayek (no, she's Asian-Lebanese-Mexican-American... right?)

How about Armenia? Armenia's in Asia. So that means that it's OK to call Cherylin Sarkissian (known to the world as "Cher") an Asian-American, right? Remember the TV show "Mannix"? Doesn't the star of that show, Mike (Ohanian) Connors rates the same?

Do Americans of Iranian blood rate to be called Asians? Andre Agassi, Christiane Amanpour. Too bad Freddie Mercury didn't live in America... we could have called him an Asian-American.

Now that I think about it, how about every single blond hair and blue eyed Russian living east of the Ural Mountain Range? Shouldn't they be called Asians?

OK, I'm sure you get my point. Those whose lineage is from the east of the Asian continent are ORIENTALS. Sheesh... oriental means "of the east". If someone so desires to refer to me as an Occidental (on my fathers side), go right ahead! After all, occidental means "of the west".

Let's be honest. If someone referred to an Eastern Russian, a Lebanese, a Turk, an Azerbaijani, etc, etc, as an Asian, they would either be laughed at or looked upon as if they just grew a second head.

Could you imagine what would happen if Scandinavians laid claim to the title Europeans. None of you Irish, Latvians, Sicilians, Bavarians... none of you can call yourselves European anymore.

Wouldn't that be labeled..... racist?

5 Comments:

Blogger prevat2 said...

I am an Anglo-Saxon-American. In other words, I come from five (5) great warrior tribes! English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and German. My people were once great warrior kings. So go ahead, call me a racist or just BMTIB!

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just don't call someone who is Iranian an Arab. They are Persians.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Interesting and funny post, but making a mountian out of a mole hill perhapes? Where did that dirt come from, the "fighting hole" you've dug into for the duration of the culture war? Ha ha

7:55 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

but making a mountian out of a mole hill perhapes?

Not at all, FD.

Here's the last part of my posting. You'll notice that it ends in the form of a question... do you have an answer?

Could you imagine what would happen if Scandinavians laid claim to the title Europeans. None of you Irish, Latvians, Sicilians, Bavarians... none of you can call yourselves European anymore.

Wouldn't that be labeled..... racist?

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Former Altar Boy said...

Blame two factors for this nonsense. The continuing decline of American public schools where "Geography" has been thrown out so more time can be spent on "Self Esteem Building" or something equally inane, and the success of the Liberals to push political correctness as they continue to 'balkanize' ethnic and racial groups in America so they can then pit them against each other for their own selfish goals instead of the American 'melting pot' the rest of us grew up with.

7:08 PM  

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