One of the kids told me last night that I shouldn't use the term "oriental". My (somewhat non-plussed) self asked why not. "It's offensive," was the reply.
Huh. I not so long ago got done reading this:
Our oriental heritage. I can't remotely excerpt the book, but it qualifies for the much desired adjective "seminal".
Inquiring as to why "oriental" is considered offensive, the response was that some people said that it is. Oooh kaaaay. Listen up, children: when I grew up in the 1960s, there were all sorts of offensive terms for people from Asia. Lots of terms, that I won't list here. We knew that these were offensive, and only people who meant to be offensive used them. There was no question as to whether offense would be given, or taken.
Now it's a word game where some people try to guilt trip other people (you know who I mean, and you know who I mean). Let me spell out my response:
You'll know when I mean to be offensive. Err, like then, actually. And like this (although I was raised to know that this was offensive, which is the point).
If you don't understand all this, then get the hell offa my lawn.