Essay on "North Eastern Chinese" Stereotypes

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A few decades ago, social scientists believed that only "rigid, repressed and authoritarian" people held stereotypes (Paul 18). However, according to several recent studies, stereotypes are unconsciously used by everyone in the world. Annie Murphy Paul proposes that stereotypes form because people categorize others into certain groups in terms of gender, age and race, and then evaluate them with in-group/out-group dynamics, which means that people look down upon those who are not in their group in order to elevate themselves. Aside from the obvious differences between humans, such as gender, Forster, Gerger and Leder (2013) propose that trivial factors like facial expressions also influence stereotyping and contribute to people’s…show more content…
The results showed that although the participants did not consider themselves racists, they carried stereotypes of black people. Similar experiments were conducted to test whether people held other stereotypes of homosexuals, elder people, and women. The results showed that people responded faster when negative words were paired with these minority groups as well. It seems hard to believe that everyone carries stereotypes, but from my personal experiences, I do believe so. When introducing myself, I'd like to tell others about my hometown, Dalian. It is located in the North Eastern part of China. However, every time my Chinese friends, who do not come from the same region as me, find out that I am from North Eastern China, they say "You do not act like people from North Eastern China!". I ask them why, and their answers are roughly the same: people from North Eastern China are hard to get along with because they are quick-tempered and violent, but I am nice and sweet. Some of my friends even believed that North Eastern China is very dangerous because there have been many gangsters. However, when I asked them why they believed so, they could barely give me an answer because they did not know how they came to believe in the stereotype either. This fits perfectly with the definition of implicit stereotyping that Banaji proposed. She defines implicit stereotyping as the process in which people know
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