As a "racialized" term, how is “Oriental,” problematic?

First Mini- Essay Topic: Why not Oriental?

Your essays, writing assignments, discussion posts and final exam will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

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Mini-Essay Length: 3 to 5 pages (typed and double-spaced), not including the bibliography/works cited page.

Due: July 19th, 11:00 p.m.

In the APAEtextbook (co-edited by Dr. Edith Chen & Dr. Eunai Shrake), Chapter 1, “Inter-Change,” author Philip Tajitsu Nash discusses why the term, “Oriental” is a problematic term. Integrate this week’s class readings, lectures, and discussion posts, incorporate the following questions and develop an essay:

As a "racialized" term, how is “Oriental,” problematic? Why does it evoke controversy? When is it okay to use? What is the sociohistorical implications, its political implementation, its social use, its use as "compass," etc.) ? What does this term tell us about American society's views of Asian Pacific Americans and the social location of Asian Pacific peoples here in the U.S. and abroad?

Asian Americans have been referred to as: Oriental, Asiatics, Mongolian, Malay, Asian-Americans, Asian Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestries, etc. What do these names and labels say about “race” and racial formation,” in the United States? Has anyone ever called you “Oriental?” Do you refer to yourself as one? Have you referred to someone as one? How have you seen or heard it used? How so? In what context(s)? Do you agree with Philip Tajitsu Nash that a term other than “Oriental” that is more well-thought out must be used to refer to APIs? Please support your views.

Textbook requir :

1) Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People.

by Helen Zia. (Farrar, Staus and Giroux) 2000

2) Asian Pacific American Experiences: Past, Present & Future (paperback)
by Eunai Shrake and Edith Chen (Kendall-Hunt Publishing) 2012

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