at the dentist office...the receptionist is looking for a nanny and was speaking to an older lady patient nannies, as the older lady indicated that several of her neighbors used nannies...
Older lady: I think they are usually Oriental... maybe from Asia or one of those countries?
Now, I know many Asian people that are offended as being referred to as Orientals ("I'm not a rug you know!")...but even dictionary.com has it listed as being an offensive term.
And, yes, Asia is a valid continent and a place to be "from" but usually one doesn't refer to people as being from "Asia", you use the specific country as they are all VERY different.
Of course, this is just my opinion.