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The characters in my strip, set in Africa's Western Rift Valley, are: the Foolish Pride of lions (Leon, the haughty and lethargic King of Beasts; his queen, Leona; and their cub Lionel, an unpromising heir to the throne); Secretary Bird, a liason between the Royal Court and the rest of the animals; cerebral, man-imitating Ape, a reader of the Substandard; peevish Rhinoceros; harmless but senseless Ostrich; Crocodile, resident of the much-frequented Watering Hole, and his dentist, Crocodile Bird; Honey Badger (alias Ratel), the "Meanest Animal in the World", and his one associate, Honeyguide; Mumbo the elephant, a descendant of Jumbo and a butt of jokes about his weight and the size of his ears and nose; Duncan the dung beetle; ill-favored and unwashed Warthog; the craven, henpecked male and shrewish female hyaenas, both of them foul-smelling and perpetually at war vs. the lions; the mistaken-identity-plagued zebras; slow and superannuated Tortoise; Oxpecker, a companion of large herbivores; Hugh the chamaeleon; and walled-up Mrs. Hornbill.

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19 March 2015

Miscellaneous Musing #69: I’m a Mongoloid, Idiot!

Is it because people in the USA have such poor knowledge of geography and history nowadays that they refer to members of the Mongoloid race of our species as “Asians”, as if all the peoples of Asia were Mongoloid?  If one is reluctant to use “Mongoloid” (which, like “Caucasoid” and “Negroid”, is a scientific term), one could refer to US citizens of Chinese, Korean, Indochinese, &c. ancestry as East Asian or Far Eastern; even these words are imperfect, since, e.g., the Ainu of northern Japan are considered to be mostly Caucasoid, but they would be satisfactory for informal speech.