Don’t use word ‘Oriental’ to describe those from China or South-East Asia in race-hate crime reports


Don’t use the word ‘Oriental’ to describe those from China or South-East Asia in race-hate crime reports, police are told

  • Police told stop describing people from China and South East Asia as ‘Oriental’ 
  • Guidance issued by Home Office excludes the term from a list of categories
  • Sarah Owen, first female MP of Chinese descent, said it is ‘incredibly outdated’  

Police have been told to stop describing people from China and South East Asia as ‘Oriental’ in race-hate crime reports.

New guidance issued by the Home Office excludes the term from a list of categories that are allowed to be used.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘This term is offensive.’

New guidance states that police should stop describing people from China and South East Asia as 'Oriental' in race-hate crime reports. (Stock image)

 New guidance states that police should stop describing people from China and South East Asia as ‘Oriental’ in race-hate crime reports. (Stock image)

Labour’s Sarah Owen – the first female MP of Chinese descent and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime – said it is ‘incredibly outdated’.

But Eddie Chan, 67, who set up the London Chinese Community Network, said the word ‘describes where we come from and I do not find it offensive’.



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