Tuesday, July 26, 2005


  1. Americans hate Negros.

  2. Americans do not care for their parents.

  3. Americans have no savings; they spend everything they earn.

  4. Americans are violent.

  5. Americans think they are the best country in the world.

  6. Americans have "sex scandals."

  7. Americans are more open; not modest.

  8. All Americans are beautiful.

  9. Americans are independent and/or selfish.

  10. Americans always think they are correct (i.e.: see #5).

  11. Americans all believe in God and Jesus.

  12. All Americans own guns (i.e.: see #4).

  13. Americans are fat.

  14. Americans don't hide any problems from others.

  15. Americans don't follow/have traditions.

  16. Americans have freedom.

  17. Americans are always humorous, never serious.

  18. Americans are wasteful.

  1. Chinese people always study.

  2. China is a poor, third world country.

  3. Chinese people are dirty.

  4. Chinese people have no manners.

  5. Chinese people are overly-dependent.

  6. Chinese people are too traditional.

  7. Chinese people are not funny.


:..M..: said...

Exactly why was this written?

stan laurel said...

This is a collection of stereotypes I received from a class of Chinese students and a class of American students. Both were University classes. I transformed them into a poem in order to show the absurdity of stereotyping a collection of people.

jose luis said...

do americans have manners?
no, americans are fat.

do chinese people have "sex scandals"?
no, chinese people have manners.

do americans always study?
no, they have freedom.

do chinese people own guns?
no, they are too traditional.

Free Spirit said...

I cannot agree more about the absurdity of it all. I have to be honest though, I was a bit surprised when I first read it. I've always perceived you to be broad-minded. Much to my relief, I was not proven wrong.

gulnaz said...

this is very interesting. just reading through the list makes one realise the absurdity of it.
people are stereotyped everywhere and when you come to think of it, you realise how could you have been so stupid.

transience said...

very edifying. funny how we have to put everything and everyone into little boxes in order to make meaning.

Erin said...

RE: the first list -

The saddest part of these is that all stereotypes have their foundation in some element of truth.

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