Man now PC is law....were did I put my honky ***** attornies telephone #.... New law outlaws term "Oriental" for people of Asian descent Olympia, Washington-AP -- State lawmakers in Washington have banned the word "Oriental" from official documents as a description of people of Asian descent. The switch affects statutes, codes, rules and regulations. The bill was introduced by state Senator Paull Shin. He modeled it on Martin Luther King's efforts to outlaw the word "Negro" because of its link to slavery. Shin says the term "Oriental" was first used to describe everything east of London, then to describe people with certain physical features and mysterious ways. He says it's considered offensive. Many lawmakers says they had no idea "Oriental" is perceived as a slur. Six lawmakers from Eastern Washington opposed the change. Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.