However, Oriental is a neutral, inoffensive term when used as an adjective describing Asian culture or things from Asia. Similarly, the term Asiatic is usually offensive when referring to people, but neutral when referring to Asian culture, animals, etc. Though Asian is an acceptable ethnic designation in most contexts, it is best to be as specific as possible, rather than to group all Asians into a single cultural identity. In general, people of South, Southeast, and East Asian origin prefer to be identified by their country of origin: for example, Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, or Chinese. The people of the Middle or Near East and Polynesia are not referred to as Asian.
Examples from the Web for asian
Today, the city is an Asian hipster outpost, with shopping malls, clothing boutiques, and mixologist-prepared cocktails.
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.
All in all, approximately 13,000 Allied POWs and 90,000 Asian laborers perished while working on the railway.
"Our Siberian girls are admired more by Asian countries than by the West," Elite Stars school director Tatyana Fetisova told me.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized?|Anna Nemtsova|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The U.S. has spent approximately $120 billion to rebuild the central Asian nation, according to SIGAR.
Buddhist circles in Asian countries at the present time attempt to revive this attitude.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]|Wolfram Eberhard
Concerning the structure of the central Asian plateau our knowledge is still incomplete.
Very popular with locals and visitors alike, the zoo is noted for its large Asian bird collection.Oahu Traveler's guide|Bill Gleasner
The elephant is found from sea to sea, but he has not proved to be so amenable to domestication as his Asian brother.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIV|John Lord
In Korea, one of the Asian countries richest in demonology, beast worship is very prevalent.The Religions of Japan|William Elliot Griffis
British Dictionary definitions for asian
Word Origin and History for asian
late 14c., "inhabitant of Asia (Minor)," from Latin Asianus (adjective and noun, "belonging to the province of Asia;" "an inhabitant of Asia"), from Greek Asianos, from Asia (see Asia). Ousted Asiatic as the preferred term in Britain c.1950.
The term "Asiatic" has come to be regarded with disfavour by those to whom it is applied, and they feel entitled to be brought into line with usage in regard to Europeans, Americans and Australians. ["Times Literary Supplement," Feb. 6, 1953]
As an adjective in English, by 1690s.