Grass Valley, CA — During a rather routine dinner at local restaurant Asian Gardens, Terry Adkinson was accidentally polite to his Asian waiter after thoroughly enjoying what he believed to be an “authentic oriental meal” of orange chicken.
“OK,” said a disgruntled and elderly Mr. Adkinson, “I was in that place. And the War Won Ton Soup was fantastic. And I had two oriental beers in me. I can’t remember the name. Sing..sing-song something. Anyhow, the oriental waiter was real nice to me and my wife. So I was happy.”
The term “Oriental” is generally considered an offensive word, due to its colonialist overtones, and of course that it clumps entire classes of diverse cultures and countries into one group. It is also considered racist and makes you sound like an asshole.
Even the term ‘Asian’ is a gross overgeneralization, as people from the world’s most populous region have different traditions, political boundaries, etc. It is generally more appropriate to refer to people from their origin county/province/region, such as Thai, Vietnamese, Hunan, etc. According to the staff at Asian Gardens, Mr. Adkinson is the most polite racist who patronizes their restaurant.
“He’s very polite to the staff,” said a worker who chose to remain anonymous. “he’s by far the nicest racist who comes here.”
As for Mr. Adkinson, the restaurant is his favorite restaurant.
“I’m going back there,” continued Mr. Adkinson, “the food was great, and they had a real oriental staff in all. Heh, it’s our little bit of China here in Grass Valley.”