Originally Posted by spideymouse
Hehe, but then you'd have to call him The Cantonese.
No. You are making the mistake of thinking that The Mandarin is a name rooted in race. That's never been true anymore than it's rooted in him being an orange.
Mandarin has several definitions. Given his social darwinian leanings, Elitist is the most logical meaning of his name.
It's certainly not race, as the character has always been half British and half ethnic Mongol. He's not an ethnic Han aka mandarin.