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Old 08-16-2009, 09:41 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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I found an internist's name off of my health insurance company's list, and when I google the doctors name to find our more information, references to Desi Doctor came up. What does that mean?

TIA :-)
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Desi refers to a person's heritage (in most cases it's Indian-as in India).

The word is Sanskrit.

I have two "desi" docs and they are both exceptional. : )

BTW, it is not an insult to call a person a "desi." It simply means "of the homeland."
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: la hacienda
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Thank you for your quick reply, that makes sense as this internist is of Indian heritage, I wasn't sure if it was a medical term!
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Thank you, ketabcha, for telling us that it's not a derogatory term. But is it OK for Anglos to use as well? Some terms are OK when used by the people to each other but not when used by outsiders.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Thank you, ketabcha, for telling us that it's not a derogatory term. But is it OK for Anglos to use as well? Some terms are OK when used by the people to each other but not when used by outsiders.
It's more of an "in-house" term used by folks from south Asia. I have never referred to anyone as a "desi" but desi's refer to themselves using that word. To be safe, it is probably best not to use it.

We never know what someone will find to be personally offensive. For instance, the origin of a slur for Italians came from a very innocent process. A ship in the 1930s was in route to the US from Italy. A storm at sea nearly destroyed the ship and all the paperwork was lost. The survivors, as they entered Ellis Island, had no papers to prove where they were from. So, rather than shipping them back the government came up with a designation for them. "Without Papers" = WOP. That word has turned into something very rude but it came from a humble and valid beginning that was in no way meant to be a slur.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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Why would an insurance company be concerned with the ethnicity or national origin of a doctor?

The only thing that should matter is that he be properly licensed and approved to practice his specialty.

Anything else sounds like some sort of discrimination and is probably illegal.
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