In <4h7kl1$68q at galaxy.ucr.edu> "Nicole M. van Dam"
<nmvandam at mail.ucr.edu> writes:
>PC is the abbrevaition for Politically Correct. An example: it is NOT
>to call Afro-Americans "Blacks". I hope you get it, it took me, coming
>from Europe myself, some time to find out what exactly was meant by PC
>and how to obey the rules. There are a lot of nuances, e.g., you will
>insult Asians if you refer to them as being "Oriental". This term is
>reserved for the -delicious- food Asians cook.
>Have a nice weekend yourself!
>Nicole van Dam
Regarding the term "Afro-American", I have heard many responses
from black people on the use of this term. Many prefer to be called
"African-American" rather than "Afro-American". Others, however, have
found either term offensive. Among this group are those who say that
not all black people have near ancestors who come from Africa; that
those who do have near ancestors from Africa feel little or no kinship
to Africa; that most others who do feel kinships to ancestral lands
identify by country, not continent; "I am American, not African" or I
am an American of African (or some country from the continent) descent.
I happen to agree with th last two statements myself. I am of Irish
descent, and feel a sense of ethnic pride in that. However, I am not
Irish by nationality. I am an American, and I take much greater pride
in this than I do in my ancestral heritage. I personally wish that
more Americans would take such a sense of pride in the USA, and put
their heritage second behind their citizenship.
By the way, I have found that most students who have ancestral ties to
Asian countries prefer to be referred to by the country name rather
than the continent, and a good number actually preferring the term
I guess you can't say much without offending someone, so intent is
important. I simply avoid using terms meant to disparage.
Well, I know this thread was away from the topic of women-in-bio a bit,
but I figured I'd throw in my two cents.
cruyff at ix.netcom.com