It's Okay to Ask.
A few days ago, I heard someone use the word Oriental (as in rug) to describe a Japanese woman and I physically cringed. (She's either Japanese or Asian, right?) But since I wasn't a part of the conversation, I kept my thoughts to myself and left the building. And then I got to thinking (there I go thinking again) about all of the antiquated and inappropriate references to culture and ethnicity we all hear and - yes - even use.