Irenic. Adj: favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation. Notes from a Politics and Economics undergraduate just back from somewhere in the MidWest. "You said you were going to Ohio? Where the Hell's that?"

Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Diversity Dictionary

I stumbled across Ohio State's Diversity Dictionary today. Perhaps an occasional peep at its contents might cheer you up, dear reader? Among such gems as heterosexism and essentialism (Er...), I found this:

(adj) - Relating to or deriving from the language, traditions, or cultures of the peoples of Asian nations in the region designated as "the Orient," or "the East," by Europeans. This term is conspicuously eurocentric as "the East" is constructed as being opposed to a fixed reference point, "the West," or western Europe.

I'm just off to the Geography department to start taking down all those chauvinist world maps that put Asia on the right and the Americas on the left...

Thanks to David Kupelian.

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