Orientalism. That is what this answer given by this Portuguese explorer, Vasco de Gama, reminds me of.
Orientalism means the perception of the East by the West. It is not like the East is as such as represented by the Portuguese. It shows that how he perceives the East.
It is interesting that at least this Portuguese explorer recognizes the diverse races present in the East and their mother tongues. There have been many representations of the East where it is obvious that the West didn't see the mother tongues of the people belonging to the East as languages, but noises. Novels such as 'Heart of Darkness' (1899) by Joseph Conrad illustrate this point.
The depiction of the East as a "temptress" is significant, which 'seduces' the West. It is because it is by such representations that the people belonging to the West, the colonizers, justified their colonization of countries like India, Africa, and other nations belonging to the East. Representation of the East as a "temptress" seems to justify the process of colonization by putting all the blame on the East and its riches and its wealth which has seduced them. And it is like they had no choice but colonizing the East. Who can resist temptation, after all.
Also, it is a Portuguese man asking this Portuguese explorer that how he liked the East. It reminds me of the fact that colonizers didn't only have to justify their colonization of other countries to other colonizing countries, like England and France, but also to the people belonging to their own country. Because not all the people belonging to these colonizing countries could approve of colonization which meant exploitation of the Eastern countries. These people too needed justification and such explorers and travellers, by giving their own subjective expressions and prejudices of the East, gave that justification.