Responseto Tony Wong’s Account
Responseto Tony Wong’s Account
Stereotypinghas become a common issue among people especially by profiling genderand races. Although most people recognize the existence ofstereotypes and the misrepresentation of facts, they still profilepeople according to stereotypes. In fact, Wong attempts to discreditstereotype and shows how through it people have misrepresented facts,but then falls into the same trap of stereotyping. People of acertain race or cultures create stereotypes about other people of adifferent culture or race and then cultivate prior assumption. Forexample, people have developed stereotypes that all Asians aremathematically intelligent, all Mexicans in Canada or America areillegal immigrant, and all Muslims or Arabs in Canada are terrorists.In this regards, capturing the source and development of stereotypesis an important stage towards recognizing the existence ofstereotypes and cultivating relations among people of differentraces, cultures, sexual orientation, and groups.
Inthe story, Have You Seen My Missing Math Gene? Tony Wongcontends that all people have a deep inclination to stereotyping anduse stereotypes to classify data regarding people as well as suggeststhat the application of stereotypes can lead to harmful prejudice andsocial inaccuracies.
Supporting reason 1: All people and nations are susceptible to stereotyping
Details: People usually classify people of other races and cultures according to stereotypes
Explanation: Definition of people’s traits typically starts with stereotypes ideas
Example 1: Wong discredits stereotypes by asserting that he is poor in programming and math, but then displays it by suggesting the artistry (artiste) predisposition in his family
Example 2: Every race or nation has stereotypes about other races or nations
Supporting reason 2: Stereotypes are not always right
Details: People of the same nation or race are not always the same
Explanation: People have different identities
Example 1: Wong, although a Chinese is poor in Math and Programming
Example 2: Most international students in Canada especially Asians are not highly intelligent, some speak good English and have good social skills and most of them are sociable
Supporting reason 3: International students encounter stereotypes, which in some cases result to social mistakes or harmful prejudice.
Details: Canadians profile international students according to cultures, races, and groups
Explanation: Racial profiling is common globally
Example 1: Wong argues that Asians are seen as computer and math wizards but other things thus, they face numerous pressures
Example 2: In America, most Mexicans are regarded as illegal immigrant while it is easier for a Muslim to be arrested for being a terrorist even when he/she is not a terrorist.
Forcenturies, people have developed predispositions to stereotypes andused those stereotypes to define people. International studentsstudying in Canada have encountered stereotypes in form of racial andcultural profiling and at times, this stereotype has led to socialinaccuracies and misrepresentation of facts. As highlighted,overcoming stereotype is a complicated issue since people attempts todiscredit it, but unfortunately falls into the same trap of spreadingstereotype.
TonyWong’s account of stereotype attempts to discredit the notion ofstereotype, but then falls into the same trap and illustratestypecast in his accounts of his family’s inclination to artistry.In this regards, international students encounter numerousstereotypes especially about culture. The most representedstereotypes are of students who are not integrated into the Westernculture, lack fundamental social skills, and speaks poor English.Also, people see international students especially Asian as polite,hardworking, and intelligent, and mathematical. In fact, Canadianssee Asians as computer and math wizards, a stereotype, shared by manypeople. People believe, perhaps, according to the relationscultivated in schools that international students represent thehighlighted stereotypes. Furthermore, the stereotypes develop asstudents refer to the actual experience they have had withinternational students or the already misrepresented facts and shareddesirability prejudice rather than the established culturalrelations. Wong humorously suggests that he is exceptionallypracticed and skilled to give a seminar in support to programs as 60minutes, but, unfortunately, he is neither a computer wizard nor amath genius. Such a suggestion shows the misrepresented stereotypessince not all Chinese, for example, are mathematically intelligent.Consequently, understanding the existence of stereotypes and makingtangible commitments are imperative in overcoming stereotypes. Humansshould recognize that they harbor typecasts and become aware of theirinner feelings and thoughts, which will help them to follow anystereotype with a different thought grounded on realistic data.Diversification and exposure as well as relating to people of diverseraces and engaging in honest conversations present the best solutionto overcoming stereotypes.
Wong,T. (2009). Have you seen my missing math gene? In English skillswith readings (2nd ed., pp. 565 – 569) by Langan, J. Ottawa:McGraw Hill