It’s official. It is now racist to refer to Asian people as “Asian”. People whose heritage stems from what used to be known as “the Orient” or “Asia” should henceforth be referred to as “Invasive”:
Finally, after years of oppression, Asian carp can finally breath a sigh of relief. Following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lead, The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced that they will now refer to Asian carp as “invasive carp”.
Amongst those pushing for the name to be changed was Minnesota state senator Foung Hawj who considered “Asian carp” to be offensive, or even racist. ABC7 News reported that Hawj received applause at an Asian-American conference when it was announced that the fish would be gifted a new name: “It’s a nuisance, a small thing, but it can resonate greatly,” Hawj said.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was the first to designate the species “invasive carp”, doing so in April. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee are expected to make the name change official in early August.
Please be careful to use this totally inclusive and not-offensive language in the future.