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

Quoting beerman

"..This could pretty much sum up big business in every country in the world, couldn't it? Most big businesses, and many governments, are run by elitist groups of families...."

Way to go as long as you are one of the family

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

Quoting beerman

Most big businesses, and many governments, are run by elitist groups of families.

In my next life, I want to be Bill Gates kid ;)

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

Nationality: Indian

Stereotype: Resrved, philosophical, lacking confidence, self-effacing, but very bright

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

Hey Wocca, I am French Finn Irish and Indian...so far you haven't insulted me much

There is a difference between making fun of yourself and someone else doing it.

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

Quoting Wocca

Nationality: Indian

Stereotype: Resrved, philosophical, lacking confidence, self-effacing, but very bright

This particular stereotype begs the question as to which "nation" of "Indian" it represents. I am taking for granted it is meant to represent the people of India. But, several of the nations in North, Central and South America still consider and refer to themselves as "Indians". The politically correct moniker of Native American is most commonly afforded to the nations residing in the US, with many of those same nations still considering themselves Native Indians.

By just stating nationality as "Indian" - it does actually combine several large groups from around the world into one small word. And that stereotypical description does not reflect them all. In that sense - it's value is non-existent.

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

I had some nice friends & colleagues in India. The stereotype mentioned earlier describes them all in a very positive way.

I can not comment on different Indians elsewhere in the world.

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

Quoting Wocca

Nationality: Indian

Stereotype: Resrved, philosophical, lacking confidence, self-effacing, but very bright

I don't see how lacking confidence is a positive thing

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

Quoting cikusang

And in addition, any Chinese Blockbusters in 'Hollywood' would be action-orientated - the first "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"? (Not many westerners are awared that Chow Yun Fatt is excellent in his acting)..sigh...; Jet Li in Lethal Weapon? Michelle Yeoh in '007'? Not to mention Jacky Chan - the proponent of kung-fu...

And now Stephen Chow with his latest movie - "Kung Fu" in America - sad, pretty sad!

Luckily some other Chinese actors/actresses won't take the same route as they do.... my favourite Maggie Cheung, Tony Leong, Faye Wong, Gong Li are not interested in that. Or else their gifted talent in acting and aesthetic would be changed if they go into that filming world!

I am Chinese in multi-racial country - Malaysia. And TP members, if you want to know the streotaip of chinese in global stage and in my country, it would surely be a complicated thing to describe.

NOT ALL CHINESE KNOW KUNG-FU,okay?
Lee

Nationality: Chinese

Stereotype: Like the Japanese, they always seem to travel in groups. They are quiet, reserved and never lose their temper. But at times, they can seem chaotic and unfocussed

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

Quoting Peter

It is a fine line between stereotyping and racism, though I think racism does take it a step further.

In fact, if I had to answer the original question "What value (if any) do you see in cultural stereotypes?", I would have to say there is no value.

There is no value and the longer this tread goes on, the more it will inflame people who are being sterotyped.

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

Quoting CupCake

There is no value and the longer this tread goes on, the more it will inflame people who are being sterotyped.

I tend to agree. The original question seems to be forgotten by now ..

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