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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

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Authority: A Novel
Jeff VanderMeer
Progress: 194/340 pages
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
Progress: 66/277 pages
Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
Progress: 310/336 pages
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
Peter Godfrey-Smith
Progress: 41/255 pages
A Rational Arrangement
Rowyn Ashby
Progress: 89/537 pages
FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 10 pages.

Story of Lee 1 - Sean Michael Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada

A question for British English speakers: Is "Oriental" considered an okay way to refer to people from China and Japan?

 

The main characters, Lee and Matthew, are chatting, and Lee asks Matthew if he prefers Asian women to Western women. Matthew replies that he prefers Oriental women - he thinks they're overall prettier than Western women. This detours briefly into a discussion about the word "Oriental" vs. "Asian." Matthew acknowledges that, in American English, "Oriental" is considered a pejorative but explains that, in British English, "Oriental" is often used to refer to people from China or Japan, while "Asian" is used to refer to people from India or Pakistan. Wikipedia isn't entirely clear, saying that "Oriental" is sometimes a pejorative in British English.

 

This entire conversation is handled pretty lightly, but, as a speaker of American English, it made me a little twitchy, so I figured I'd ask.