Asian vs. Oriental
(Posted to Soc.culture.asian.american-Late
is not Oriental.
head bowed, submissive, industrious
model minority hard working, studious
is not being Oriental
Lotus blossom, exotic passion flower
in no talking Oriental
ahh so, ching chong chinaman
no tickee, no washee
is a white man's word
Oriental is jap, flip, chink, gook
it's "how 'bout a back rub mama-san"
it's "you people could teach them ni**ers
and mexicans a thing or two
you're good people
none of that hollerin' and protesting"
is slanty eyes, glasses, and buck teeth
Charlie Chan, Tokyo Rose, Madam Butterfly
it's "a half hour after eating chinese food you're hungry again"
it's houseboys, gardeners, and laundrymen
Oriental is a fad: yin-yang, kung fu
"say one of them funny words for me"
Oriental is downcast eyes, china doll
"they all look alike"
Oriental is sneaky
Oriental is a white man's word
ARE NOT Oriental.
We have learned the word all our lives
we have learned to be Oriental
we have learned to live it, speak it,
play the role
The time has come
to look at who gave the name.