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Parts of Santa Clara County under quarantine due to invasive oriental fruit flies

Original post made on Sep 8, 2023

Parts of Santa Clara County have been placed under quarantine after invasive oriental fruit flies were detected in cities such as Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, county officials said.

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Posted by Phylis
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 8, 2023 at 11:23 am

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About the Oriental Flies quarantine, can I buy fruit trees from the affected areas, as long as there are no fruits on the trees yet?

Posted by Jessica Chau
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 10, 2023 at 3:12 pm

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Isn't the term 'oriental' politically incorrect and potentially racist?

Asian fruitfly is more appropriate.

Posted by Jason Wong
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 11, 2023 at 3:53 pm

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According to Chat GPT...

Referring to non-human organisms and items with terms such as "oriental fruitfly" or "oriental rug" can be considered stereotypical and offensive.

The use of the term "oriental" to describe things or beings from Asia is outdated and has been criticized for perpetuating stereotypes and promoting a Eurocentric worldview.

The term "oriental" has been used in the past to describe people from Asia in a derogatory way, and it is important to avoid using it to describe people or things

Instead, it is recommended to use more specific and accurate terms that do not rely on outdated and offensive stereotypes.

Posted by Rossta
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 11, 2023 at 4:06 pm

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Are these the fruit flys that were found on fruit being illegally imported by two women recently? If so, I think that connection should be publicly made so people understand the severe impact of such reckless actions.

Posted by Li Zhao
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Sep 12, 2023 at 8:02 am

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The term 'oriental' is still being used as an adjective to describe cuisine, artwork, rugs, medicine, and music.

We cannot force everyone to use the term Asian as an alternative word for Oriental. It is engrained in American culture and vernacular.

Perhaps later generations will adhere to the term Asian but for many older people (especially white), Oriental is their 'go to' term for anything Asian-related.

Posted by Mike Jessup
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 12, 2023 at 2:54 pm

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In 1981 and in order to eradicate the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, helicopters flew overhead and sprayed Malathion.

Why not apply the same approach? It works.

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