Asian Art Gallery

Adventures in Asian Art



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Asian Art Gallery


Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy Scrolls & Portraits Art

Calligraphy

Asian Koi Fish Paintings & Wall Scrolls Art

Koi Fish

Asian Chinese Birds & Flowers Wall Scrolls & Paintings Art

Birds & Flowers

Landscapes of Asia Watercolor Paintings Art

Landscapes

Chinese Dragons Paintings and Wall Scrolls - Asian Art

Dragons

Japanese Paintings, Wall Scrolls, and other Art

Japanese Art

Beautiful Asian Women Paintings and Wall Scrolls Art

Women

Ancient Warriors of China Paintings and Wall Scrolls Art

Warriors

Chinese Buddha Paintings and Wall Scrolls Art

Buddha Art

Bamboo Art - Asian Japanese Chinese Paintings & Wall Scrolls

Bamboo

Chinese Tigers Paintings and Wall Scrolls - Asian Art

Tigers

Ancient Chinese Philosophy Art

Philosophy

Colorful Asian Cranes & Bird Landscape Paintings & Wall Scrolls Art

Colorful Cranes

Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy Tee Shirts

Tee Shirts

Bargain Bin

Blemished Discounted

Chinese Modern Art

Modern Art

Mr. Wang's Charcoal Asian Art Drawings

Charcoal Drawings

Asian Horse Artwork including Paintings, Wall Scrolls, and other Art

Horses

South Chinese Folk Art Peasant Paintings & Batiks

Folk Art & Batiks

Asian Cats & Kittens Paintings Art

Cats & Cute Animals

Korean Paintings, Wall Scrolls, and other Art

North Korean

Gary's random little facts about China:

Is "Oriental" politically correct?

Everyone is going to hate me for this, but here is the truth:

Some people who currently prefer to call themselves "Asian-Americans" woke up one morning and decided that "Oriental" is now a word to be used only for Oriental rugs, Oriental art and lamps, or any other inanimate object from Eastern Asia.

When I was teaching English in China, many of my students would refer to themselves as "Oriental", and I would correct them and say, It's better to say that you are Asian or Chinese rather than Oriental, but I was at a loss as to explain why.
My Chinese students were very smart, and came back at me with the fact that being from Asia was too broad a term, and asked if Persians and Saudi Arabians should also refer to themselves as "Asian".

I then had to make excuses for my geographically-challenged fellow Americans* who had long ago replaced the correct term of "Oriental" (meaning the bio-geographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines, Borneo and Java), and replaced it with "Asian" which in truth encompasses half the world's population - many of whom do not consider themselves to be of the same race as those from the Orient.
(For those Americans reading this and who've slept through their high school geography class: It's true, the whole Middle East, and half of Russia are located in the Asian continent)

But I admit I am not helping the problem. You see, almost half the people that find our website did so while searching for "Asian art" and I have done a lot to promote our business as "Purveyors of Asian art". So you can blame me too.
To truly be an Asian art gallery, we would have to offer artwork from beyond the Orient, from places like India, Persia (Iran), most Arab nations, and Russia.

Notes:

There are a lot of things that present problems in the English language.
Usually these problems are thanks to mistakes of the past.
That's why we have to say, "He's an Indian from India" versus "He's a Native-American Indian" (Thanks to Mr. Columbus).

Things to learn:
Do not refer to a Persian (Iranian) as Arab.
If you refer to an Arab-American as being Asian, they will look at you funny and possibly be offended.
If you refer to a person from India as Asian, you will mildly amuse them.
If you refer to a Russian as being Asian, they will pour borsch on you (my ex-wife is Russian, so I know this to be true from experience).
Using "Asian" to refer to a person from Singapore is okay, but they will later, as if by accident, mention that they are in fact from the most civilized country in Asia.

*We citizens of the USA call ourselves "Americans" which seems a bit arrogant to our neighbors who reside on the continents of North and South America. Keep in mind, Canadians and Mexicans are also from North America, but refer to themselves in more correct geographic terms.

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