Did you know that there is a difference between “Asian” and “oriental” when it comes to describing Chinese girls?
For centuries, Europeans have used the word “oriental” when referring to anything or anyone from the lands to the east of Europe, primarily Southeast Asia. In recent times, however, the term “oriental” has become quite controversial. Today, it has become more politically correct to refer to people from this region as “Asian”, while “oriental” has become almost derogatory.
Let’s take a closer look…
If you consider etymology, the word “orient” means “to the east” or “the land of the rising sun.” It has a mysterious air to it. As the usage of the word progressed and time went on, it became a loaded word with many bad connotations and is now considered very Eurocentric. However, just because someone wants to be politically correct doesn’t mean they can’t use the word “oriental” as long as they use the term carefully.
A good rule of thumb is to refer to people from the area as Asian and things like rugs and carpets as oriental. Keeping this in mind could prevent you from possibly offending someone.
This little tidbit of knowledge should help your encounters with Chinese girls be a little more comfortable. You won’t have to worry about the correct nomenclature, so you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the experience. Online dating, after all, is nerve-wracking enough as it is!