I recently went to a restaurant to meet a friend, who I knew had already arrived. I approached the hostess:
Me: "Hi, I'm meeting a friend here who came a few minutes ago. I think she's seated already."
Hostess: "Oh! Yes, I think I know who she is.... Um, she has dark hair and she's about this tall...."
Me: "She's Asian."
Hostess: "Yes! Okay, I'll take you to her."
I mean, sheesh. It's not like "Asian" is a bad word that you're not allowed to use to describe another person.