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

Quoting james

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

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.

Beautiful pictues! And what fun! Looks like a good time was had by all...very lovely wedding!! Thanks James! :)

42. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

CC's right - great pix!! Looks like it was a fun time and a wonderful wedding!

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

Hey James

How come the other guy isn't wearing shorts like you ?

44. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Well if the 'Stereotype' is right on this one... perhaps shorts don't provide adequate cover

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

Wocca, the questions is why aren't I wearing jeans like him?

46. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

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

In my dictionary (Oxford):

stereotype |ˈsterēəˌtīp; ˈsti(ə)r-|
noun 1. a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing

If you have a 'fixed and oversimplified' view of another culture, religion, skin color, ie "Muslims are militants" or "Australians are ill-mannered and ill-bred", it wouldn't be a great leap to end up being a xenophobe as the following defines it.

xenophobia |ˌzēnəˈfōbēə; ˌzenə-|
noun intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries

I do consider the two related. And, as a consequence, I still can't see any real 'value' in a stereotypical view of another culture/country/religion. I can see value in cultural understanding, which seems to be what Wocca is trying to suggest.

Maybe it depends how your dictionary defines "Stereotype"

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

Quoting Peter

Maybe it depends how your dictionary defines "Stereotype"

Or it may depend on how it is interpreted by the reader. But as you said, the bottom line lays on the basic principle of cultural understanding. ;)

48. Posted by andifras (Full Member 55 posts) 11y

NATIONALITY: Scottish

STEREOYPE: Drunk, drink whisky, regualry eat porridge and haggis, wear kilts, have ginger hair.

The amount of people that ask me, with a straight face, if i regulary do the things above! i mean come on!

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

Och mon !!!

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

Nationality: German

Stereotype
: The Germans are usually seen as rigid, somewhat humourless and obsessed with order and formality. A smile does not come easily and business is taken seriously. They are particularly focussed on detail.

National Cultural Traits:Low-context culture that values precise communication. Focuses on what is being said rather than who is saying it. Monchronic, that is, they have a very linear concept of time and prefer to do one thing at a time. The German culture is one of very high risk-avoidance.