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Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1768  Tuesday, 28 September 2004

[1]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 17 Sep 2004 11:01:17 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1743 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

[2]     From:   Carol Morley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 18 Sep 2004 15:03:00 +0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1743 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

[Editor's Note: I believe this thread has run its useful course.]

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Friday, 17 Sep 2004 11:01:17 -0400
Subject: 15.1743 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1743 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

Terence Hawkes <
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 >No less intriguing is the apparent persistence of the old British
 >Foreign Office designations 'Far East', 'Middle East' and -until
 >recently- 'Near East'. Far from where? London, presumably.

Educated London usage has indeed, from time to time, been known to
influence English-language usage.

 >And whatever
 >happened to The Levant?

Probably a vague distaste at the memory of the use of "Levantine" as a
euphemism for "Jewish" (for within living memory, "Jewish" was thought
to be in need of a euphemism, even by many Jews, as witness the older
organizations that are still y-clept "Hebrew").

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Date:           Saturday, 18 Sep 2004 15:03:00 +0000
Subject: 15.1743 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1743 Why Are Indians Called Asians In The UK?

Having met a wide cross-section of American students, young and old
(sorry, senior), the PC terminologies in vogue on either side of the
Atlantic continue to confuse an amuse. I've been told, for example, that
'oriental' is now an objectionable adjective. I've been asked, 'what do
you call African-Americans in the UK?' My answer, 'visitors', didn't
seem to address the subtext, somehow!

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