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Familiar Diversions

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

Currently reading

The Edge of the Abyss
Emily Skrutskie
Progress: 51/281 pages
The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories
Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
Progress: 3/6 minutes
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Abigail Revasch, Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Tara Sands, Listening Library
Progress: 190/473 minutes
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

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.