Stereotypes Against Asian-Americans Essay

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Stereotypes Against Asian-Americans

The concept of stereotype is defined as “a belief that associates a group of people with certain traits” (Kassin, Fein, & Markus et al., 2008, p. 133), which can influence a person’s thinking process and perception of others as well as the world. Stereotypes are related to other concepts, such as prejudice and discrimination, which strengthen the distortion of people’s reality. Another component of a stereotype includes the concept of outgroup homogeneity effect which is the “tendency to assume that there is greater similarity among members of outgroups than among members of ingroups” (Kassin et al., 2008, p. 135). The concept of outgroup homogeneity effect refers to a misconception of others caused
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The article serves an illusionary correlation between Gran Torino, which depicts stereotypes that people usually have towards Asian-Americans, and it also reveals the reality of stereotypes towards them. In Gran Torino, Walt Kowaslki, asks Tao to count the number of birds who feed their offspring and said, “Yeah, you can count? You slopes are supposed to be good at math, right?” (Eastwood, Gerber, Lorenz & Eastwood, 2008). His response confirms the argument that most people tend to automatically assume that Asian-Americans are high-achievers in the fields of math and engineering and underestimate their differences among Asian-Americans, also known as, the outgroup homogeneity effect. However, in reality, most Asian-Americans earn a Bachelor’s degree in various fields other than math, science, technology or engineering, which demonstrates that stereotypes are unreliable and therefore should not be taken seriously. The New York Times article explains that “[t]he report found that contrary to stereotype, most of the bachelor’s degrees that Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders received in 2003 were in business, management, social sciences or humanities, not in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering or math” (Lewin, 2008). Another important

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