My baby boomer Mom, a double ND degree holder, uses the term where most people say Asian. Why is Oriental bad? I hear people say, "Oriental is a rug!" Yeah, I guess you could have an Oriental rug or a Fench rug, or whatever.
Doesn't Oriental just mean "Eastern?" Heck, there's a high school in my home town of Rochester, the East High Orientals. They have Orientals written right on their football helmets.