@ Stereotypes of Ethnic Groups 民族への固定観念

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Aug 17, 2010 22:47
Do you think that you have some sort of preconceived notions about certain ethnic groups?

America is called the Melting Pot because there are many different ethnic groups living there, and Canada is called the Salad Bowl. The circumstances of those countries are unlike Japan, and it piques my curiosity.

I was listening to a podCast today, and in(during) one part an American woman living in Japan was talking about ethnic stereotypes. For example, Greek people run a diner, Chinese people run a laundry, Irish people are boozers and so on.

She also mentioned some positive stereotypes, such as Asian Americans are strong in math and science, and African Americans are good at music and sports.

It's quite a touchy topic, because it might be misinterpreted as racial discrimination (as racism). Please don't get me wrong. I just want to talk about the stereotypes that people have.

People have undeniable talents, and these leave impressions on people. (People have undeniable talents to have an image on certain thing from what they heard and saw.) However, very often this just turns out to be prejudice. This is how Japanese people form stereotypes.

I was a little surprised to learn that Americans also have preconceived notions about ethnic groups. They are already living with various people, though. I guess that their fixed ideas were formed by their experiences, unlike the way Japanese people heard and saw, because we have been living in a monogeneous country for ages.

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