I am what today would be politically correct to call an Asian American, and apparently with no "hyphen". But I am of an older generation that often cringes at the word, "Asian" (boomers and pre-baby boomers). Growing up, and seeing perfectly tolerant people of all races call me "Japanese-American" or "Oriental", I didn't find great offense to those terms. Sometime after the 1980s or 1990s, I started seeing a backlash against any "hyphenated" terms so Japanese-American was out, as was Chinese-American and Vietnamese-American. Suddenly, the organization I belonged to, the JACL, or Japanese American Citizens League, had a dated name. At the same time, or even before, the term "Oriental" fell out of favor. Now I am called an Asian. Many Americans, whether they are from "Asia" (and later naturalized) or are of "Asian" descent but born in the USA are OK with being called Asian, but usually hail from younger generations. To me, I preferred Japanese-American, even with the now offensive hyphenated status, because I consider myself what I am, born in the USA and of Japanese (and Okinawan..Ryukyu Islands) descent. But if you take the term of Asian at face value, Asia describes a large area of the world which includes people from all three of the major races. Most of Russia is in Asia, and India is in Asia, Turkey is in Asia, and now I am lumped into a group which includes every color of the rainbow. Our national security council considers (for cultural and geopolitical reasons) Egypt as "West Asia" and puts it into the category of nearby Libya with Iraq, Jordan, Isreal, and Syria among others. This is nice in that we are all a part of the human race in west, central, or east Asia. So now, with the culture's values, I am simply Asian even though it could mean I have blond hair and blue eyes and happen to be from Turkey or Russia, or look east Asian as a descendant of Japan or Korea. Or I could be from Egypt in cultural west Asia, or India, and resemble nobody from Turkey or Japan. thoughts?