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31. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

"... It was indicated in another thread that I was making a racist jibe, which I would never intentionally do..."

The thread that you are referring to, suggested that your comments had the potential of being misintrepreted. Not that you did actually make a racist jibe. There were other comments in this particular forum that should also be read to keep things in context.

32. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

I don't know. The World is in such a "pins and needles" state. Anything can be taken out of context, regardless of the intent.

I remember a month back, that a TP member "James", almost got his post flagged. He commented "Have you noticed that black people always wear pants?"(Something to that affect). I can see someone can take offense to that comment. Maybe African _decent folks don't wear shorts in the heat in OZ. They do in California. Then again, I am not a budding member who's exploring this site.

M.

33. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

James recently sent me a link to a webpage that he had created.It was of pictures of his friend's wedding. Guess what colour the happy couple were? (And the groom was NOT wearing shorts)

34. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Gee, I don't wear shorts, but it is because I have chicken legs (no offense to any of the chickens that are TP members;))

35. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting suenorris

People seem to have a pre-conceived opinion on other people based on such things as race, education, skin color, etc. and so they unconsciously look for behavior that reinforces that opinion.

I may have just found the reasoning behind some of your posts suenorris. It is a great feeling to be able to recognize our inadequacies even if done unconsciously or based on pre-conceived beliefs and judgements of those around us. I congratulate you and cheers to you!

36. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

What value (if any) do you see in cultural stereotypes?

I believe that there is always an element of truth behind every stereotype. Having recently been "accused" of English not being my mother language (as if it were a bad thing), I can say that it is pretty impolite and ill-mannered to do so if there is no value added to such narrow minded conclusion. Reason behind it: there could be 1000 reasons for the lack of written and verbal skills in any given language starting with the level of education, one's ability to express themselves properly, or even physical or mental shortcomings that may obscure the true intent of our words. Then again, the interpretation on the receiving end is a whole separate matter.

I am also guilty of stereotyping. I stereotyped the culture I grew up in, my father's European backgroung and my grandfather's Asian culture. Now, it isnt done with malice or hatred but for most people, stereotyping has become just that. So I believe, most of the time it is just misinterpreted.

Lets briefly review the definition of stereotype: an oversimplified standardized image or idea held by one person or group of another.

At least in the English definition of this word, there is no mention of racism, or there are any xenophobic, or bigoted terms within this classification. I could even pair up OVERSIMPLIFIED IMAGE to OVERSIMPLIFIED MIND. The bottom line is most people tend to confuse simple words and/or comments made with our own learned behaviour adapted through the growing years. It just more difficult to contest our own belief system than to retrain our minds to the possibility of us being wide off the mark.

Expanding our horizons and understanding and/or respecting other cultures will be the first step to bringing back the universal meaning of stereotyping within every language.

37. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I'm impressed ...

Thank you for the time, thought & effort put into your comments, Anne

38. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

I'm impressed ...

Thank you for the time, thought & effort put into your comments, Anne

You are very welcome W! ;) . We aim to please .

39. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

James recently sent me a link to a webpage that he had created.It was of pictures of his friend's wedding. Guess what colour the happy couple were? (And the groom was NOT wearing shorts)

When I worked in London, I worked at a telecommunications company for a while, and a few of us working there became, and remain, quite good frends.

I travelled back to the UK for the wedding of one of my good friends.

Here's a photo of the groom and I chilling out the afternoon before his big day.

Here's a group photo at the reception.

It was a very multicultural affair, with my good friend the groom being of Nigerian decent, his wife being from Scotland, my other good friend being originally from Ghana, my female friend being from Yorkshire, and me being a convict (i.e. Australian).

It was a fantastic time. We started at the church in Paddington and a few of us finished up about 30 hours later at a bar in Bethnal Green. By this stage I was delirious with exhaustion, still in my wedding suit, and pretty much incoreherent.

You can view all of the photos here

40. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

NATIONALITY: Nigerian

STEREOYPE: Gregarious, outgoing and eager to please. Seem to never say "no" and enjoy physical contact but are never on time for anything. Great schemers.

NATIONAL CULTURAL TRAITS: A polychronic, high-context, relationship-driven society