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Old 01-02-2018, 05:36 PM
Location: CA
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There was a TED lecture from a Thai guy saying how happy and relaxed he was in Thailand. They just worked on their farms for 15 minutes a day and spent the rest of their time having fun and socializing. Then he heard he was supposed to go to college, and he got all stressed for no good reason. He quit and went back to his happy rural life. That's the only TED lecture worth watching. Almost all TED lectures are so dumb, I feel like I lose IQ points watching. Often, public perception goes directly against reality. You think all people in Third World countries, in rural areas, are poor, struggling, and unhappy. What's usually the case is that they have less in material goods, but they're much happier, more closely-knit, more accepted, less stressed, and much happier than people in urban areas of Western countries.

Denmark and other Nordic countries often top the "happiest" country list. A lot of that has to do with the fact that these countries are very homogeneous and overwhelmingly white, so they're accepted and seen as belonging.

Asians in the US have some of the highest rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation because of the built-in, all-round discrimination they face. And it's almost all implicit, not overt, so it's impossible to prove, and therefore much more debilitating.
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:09 PM
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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Originally Posted by Mattks View Post
Most of the English speaking world uses Oriental and Asian interchangeably. The US and Canada are the exceptions where Oriental is not commonly used. I wouldn’t take it as a word to be insulted by. The Orient is a region that has no clear definition and can be used to mean different regions of Asia or even all of Asia. I grew up in the Orthodox Church and we view the Orient from the holy lands all the way to Japan. Even the Byzantines were at one time considered Orientals and they have a lot of Europeans ancestry.
Well context is very, very important.

Again, from an Asian American perspective, to be referred to as an "Oriental" in a way means that you're perceived as an exotic, rather than a normal person or to even be part of the mainstream. We've been in North America for over 150 years, we're part and parcel of the land, and it's a bit disconcerting to be 'set apart'.

In any case, it's an archaic usage at least where I am. I love to point out that it tends to refer to the East. My classic answer is - well Shanghai is due west of San Francisco, so where is the real point of reference?
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