In Chapter 2 (pg 115-116), you read about communication and stereotyping. When you hear someone say that “all _________are ________,” this is an example of thinking in terms of stereotypes. The problem is that these kinds of beliefs don’t take into account the uniqueness of individuals in a particular group.
When we think of stereotypes, it’s mostly in negative terms. While this is an important point, I invite you to consider the consequences of positive stereotypes. It turns out that even positive stereotypes have serious implications. Research shows that when people think of a positive stereotype of a group, it automatically calls to mind the negative stereotypes as well.
Please view a clip called “Average Asian” at:
*Be sure to copy each question along with the NUMBERS (1, 2). Put your response under each question section.
Cite the textbook at least one time in your response: Must say: “According to Chapter 2 of our textbook, (info about stereotyping from the book goes here).” Then, be sure to specifically connect this info to what you are saying in your response to the questions.
1. Did this clip remind you of stereotypes, both good and bad, of OTHER (NON-ASIAN) groups of individuals? What can you share with us about your direct experiences with members of these groups vs. the stereotype of these groups? (300 word minimum)
2. How can thinking in terms of stereotypes be problematic? (200 word minimum)