Liu Xiang: Olympic hurdler extraordinaire

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  1. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

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    Did anyone see that hurdle race with Liu Xiang of China?
    That dude freaking flew!
    He left all the black guys in the dust!
    I couldn't believe it!
    That's the fastest Oriental alive ha ha!!
     
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    PS Asian people are not Oriental. They are Asian. Oriental is a kind of rug. This particular man is Chinese.
     
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    I was too lazy to type this but am glad someone else did. Plus you put it better than I would have.
     
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    Uhhhm, I'm of Asian heritage but I don't find it insulting.
    I think I have enough sense to know when someone is being vicious, snide, or insulting or just being carefree and open.

    Liu also tied the Olympic record for that particular event. RICE POWER!!!
    :D
     
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    Well regardless of whatever cultural jargon people are trying to throw around here, that guy was friggin awesome.
     
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    W00t!! The power of rice! It powers the people and small cars of the East! :p


    (I have no problem being called Asian or Oriental. Sometimes things aren't meant to be so formal....)
     
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    JesseJames, neither your ethnicity nor your degree of sense makes it right for you to throw "Oriental" around in a public arena when you are learned enough to know better. It may make you seem more hip with the Occidentals, but it is still inconsiderate.
     
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    Well I don't think its a big deal. Even chinese people use oriental sometimes. Is it wrong? It doesn't seem so wrong, and even if it is, its not that big a deal. No worries, as they say.

    What's an Occidental?
     
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    it's a-ok.... 100% sure it's just an innocent mistake.
     
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    hey back to the topic- this guy honestly glided over every one of these hurdles. i think the best way to put it is, a white man, an asian man, a canadian man or any other light skinned man normally doesnt whoop most peoples asses in a race like this the way he did and with such grace. when i watched it (and im not racist), i couldnt help but look to see if there were any black guys in the race as his competition and there were and he still smoked them. truly an athlete.
     
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    the Orient (aka. "the morningland" at least in german because the sun goes up there): roughly the middle east or islam influenced regions

    the Occident aka. ("the eveningland" because the sun goes down in the west): western europe

    so an occidental is a western european kinda guy
     
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    In the sprint hurdles you can get away with being a 10.4 second flat 100m runner if your hurdling technique is strong enough.

    Let's talk race again, eh?! The victories of Xiang Liu, Yuliya Nesterenko in the women's 100m, Jeremy Wariner in the men's 400m, Fani Halkia in the women's 400m hurdles, Yuriy Borzakovskiy in the men's 800m, and Xing Huina in the women's 10,000m have been very encouraging for the future of track athletics.

    Before these Games started, the only non-black or North African victory I'd have confidently predicted would have been Paula Radcliffe (had she a. been 100% and b. not entered the marathon!). It was starting to look as though the equal quality of preparation, training, diet etc available to *all* elite athletes had resulted in track races being decided more by genetic heritage than by any other factor.
     
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    I don't understand why its offensive. Oriental also applied to pacific islanders who could easily be confused with asians.
     
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    Why is any word offensive? Presumably the same reason.
     
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    The only reason that comes to mind is the intent behind it.
     
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    Some words become offensive because they are used by the dominate culture to stereotype or put down a minority group. I'm *guessing* this is the case.
     

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