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11. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

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.


12. Posted by Peter (Admin 6418 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Wocca

Stereotypes make more sense when you consider the cultural roots of the group being stereotyped.

For example:

Nationality: Australian

Stereotype: Loud, boisterous and materialistic. Ill-mannered and ill-bred.

National Cultural Traits:Individualistic society with low power-distance, and very low uncertainty-avoidance that allows them to not worry about embarrassing themselves in public.

Of course, there are other examples but perhaps TP members would care to describe their national stereotype for themselves

Wow, that's really not how I see Australians at all and not the stereotype I would think a lot of people would attach to Australians. Here's my views:

Nationality: Australian
Stereotype: Easy going, will speak their mind, but rough around the edges and unfortunately xenophobic.
National Cultural Traits: (note: this is so hard considering Australia is so immensely diverse) Actually, I think your description is not far off here Wocca, though I might also add there is a high percentage of 'aspirational' people here.

I think Australians are less like Americans than you suggest though. The Aussie humour has its roots in the UK and is often quite hard for Americans to 'get' - more likely to insult them frankly. Sure, there is a lot of influence from American TV, but I really think Australia has its own distinct personality that is quite separate from America.

13. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Of course, national stereotypes are more obvious & applicable when people step out of their own countries, especially when they are in groups.

Ever noticed the behaviour of Aussies in Kuta OR Brits in the Mediterranean ?

Sure, I know they're on holidays & partying. But, we are talking about stereotypes & world images.

14. Posted by Peter (Admin 6418 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The thing about 'noticing' Aussies / Brits while overseas is that you only notice the ones that already fit your stereotypes. You tend to think those that don't fit your stereotypes are probably from somewhere else.

For instance, let's take Wocca's example of Kuta. Who would you be more likely to notice? The loud anglo-saxon Australian with a broad accent, or the quiet Asian Australian who blends in?

And who would you notice more on the streets of Paris? The loud American or the quiet American?

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

This gives a lot of great examples...

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16. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting CupCake

This gives a lot of great examples...

Excellent link, CC ...

I'll try to read it more thoroughly when I have more time

[ Edit: link fixed ]

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18. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Wocca

Have we got any Brits that would like to comment on their own national stereotype?

The British are known to be rather reserved ....

Nationality: British

Stereotype: Stuffy, prim and proper. Business is done through an "old boy's network".

19. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You forgot Lazy & Whingeing

20. Posted by suenorris (Budding Member 16 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Some of these comments are bordering on racist.

But racist comments aside, I agree with Peter's comment about only noticing those people that already fit your stereotype.

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.

Wocca states that, at one hand the the British are known to be stuffy, prim and proper but then asks the question on whether we've noticed the Brits in the Mediterranean. By this I take it he's referring to loutish behavior. So which one is it?

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