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The Orient is a historical term for the East , traditionally comprising anything that belongs to the Eastern world , in relation to Europe , the Occident. Originally, the term Orient was used to designate the Near East, and later its meaning evolved and expanded, designating also the Middle East or the Far East. The term oriental is often used to describe objects from the Orient. However, given its Eurocentric connotations and shifting, inaccurate definition through the ages, it may be considered offensive as a label for people from East Asia. The term "Orient" derives from the Latin word oriens meaning "east" lit.
I've never heard of Asian or East Asian as being offensive. I suppose it might be considered such as a noun, but it seems like as an adjective, it could only be considered offensive if the context was offensive, and that the words themselves are never problematic. Can anyone counter this? I know I'm about 2 years late for this discussion lol! Terms like "Oriental" and "Asian" should only be considered offensive if in offensive contexts i.
Oriental is seen as a contentious term by some in America and President Obama signed legislation banning the word from being used in federal law in May. Just weird. Old school. Just say Asian. But I'm not positive why, honestly.