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Q: Who can differentiate culture versus sterotype? Without looking at the dictionary, please.

We always comment about the good and the bad things about the Chinese. So, I feel we need to which is the right labeling for our opinions. I have read some of the threads here, and it looks they were mixed up. SOS

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We always comment about the good and the bad things about the Chinese. So, I feel we need to know which is the right label for our opinions. I have read some of the threads here, and it looks they were mixed up. SOS

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Culture is something that exists within a group of people or a race that is deeply ingrained and is often used as a distinguishing feature of that group.

 

A stereotype is other people's perception, rightly or wrong, of some distinguishing element of a group.

 

One is a reality and the other is a perception.

 

I guess??crying

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Culture is what Australians have, which the rest of the world only wishes they could match.

 

Stereotype is Crocodile Dundee.

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Culture is the traditions, knowledge, and identity of a group of people. It usually contains things like art, language and literature, ways of thinking, stuff like that.

 

Examples of Chinese culture:

Decorations and traditions dealing with Spring Festival (Chinese new year)

Famous types of Chinese food

Art work and written language characters

Filial Piety

 

Stereotypes are perceptions of common traits which are not always (but sometimes!) true.

Examples of Chinese stereotypes:

 

Chinese people eat dogs.

Chinese people are good at math.

Etc.

 

Now, "Chinese people peeing in the street" is neither culture nor a stereotype, but an observation, and a bothersome one at that.

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Hi harryjohn. This is a fair enough question, but to be honest with you, I'm kind of tired of reading threads about culture and stereotypes on this board. I try to avoid participating in them.

 

...Fine, I'll bite: Stereotypes are the knee-jerk explanations we come up with while we try to make sense of a culture different from ours. The trouble with ever trying to talk about "culture" in general is that it's entirely subjective and it's impossible to come up with an explanation that properly accounts for the whole of any society. Are stereotypes ill-intended. Most of the time by most people, no. Am I guilty of stereotyping? Every day. Laughing out loud

 

 

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Yes. The culture questions are getting a little tiresome, considering there is no such thing as one individual Chinese culture. I would not even try to guess how many cultures there are in China.

 

Apart from the Han Chinese, there are 55 different ethnic minority groups in China. Amongst the Han, and the ethnic minorities, there are vastly different languages, dialects, cuisines and social customs.

 

The idea of a single Chinese culture seems to be something of a myth.

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I have to completely agree that culture is totally subjective. Who says what defines a country's culture? Sure there are some cultural aspects that we can associate with China, though each family practices/interprets those in their own different way. It's what makes people special, and to define a country by it's culture is in my eyes the same as stereotyping and does an injustice to the people of that country. There are people here and back home who live their lives taking aspects from many cultures and this is due to globalisation, and can only help in further integration of human socieites (which is a good thing) If were segregating each other with cultural/stereotypical labels that's were misunderstandings happen!

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I love the "we" in your explanation underneath your question.  Perhaps you meant it as a Royal "we." Take five, regroup, and think about this one again as you have just stereo-typed everyone here. Is that part of your culture?

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Oh no I'm sorry but I don't need to look at the dictionary to know the difference and the question is garbage. 

What exactly are you implying?

 

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Ok, read through the other posts, and agree with some, but not with others.

 

Firstly, 'culture' isn't merely subjective - it's what is inherent in a group of people. It's a description of accepted practices, styles, preferences - and the industry and habits that go to continue those practices, styles and preferences. Classical Chinese painting IS a part of the "Chinese culture". So is some of their music (what hasn't been imported). So, yes, some things can definitely be objectively seen as part of a 'culture' of a people.

 

Stereotyping is merely a logical fallacy of Composition... some members of group A have demonstrated certain traits, therefore all members of Group A have that trait. It's also a form of racism.

 

Talking about a country's or people's culture is not a form of racism.

 

However... as was mentioned above, China has 55 or so different cultures within the country - to try to apply the concept of a 'Chinese culture' to all Chinese would be a form of stereotype (as I did above.... it should have been re-phrased to something like 'Han Chinese culture'... though that should also be further defined).

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All culture is plagiarism. I think it was Peter Seeger (or his father) who said that. So to me, alhough I do agree that it can define certain groups of people, everything is so interspersed these days that we're doing ourselves a dissaservice by pidgeon-holing people into certain cultures. 55 cutlures, that's an interesting number (I presume you're talking about the minorities), but I think I think the number is much higher in China. The Han who are all over teh country (and the world), are one of these cultures and differ vastly in their practices and prefernces depending on where you go and who you meet. 

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The way I view it, (probably incorrectly) is that culture is the accumulation of all the abstract things that go with a certain race / section of society, the art, the history, the architecture, the food, the lifestyle etc. A stereotype, is a pre-conceived caricature (usually negative but not always) of what a 'typical' person of that race or section of society is, looks like, and does.

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Thanks guys for your insights, it's very educating. However, I can't stop myself from asking why some members of this forum are always on the look for a prey? Can we not just have a safe ecology? The first time I joined here, I was already dismayed by the venomous words of some creatures here but I have learned not to spit back. I just want to practice my English and get some information, my friends. Don't be so harsh in commenting for you know that words are sharper than a sword. I may not have the power to make them vanish but I am calling the attention of echinacities administrators to do something about these cyber bulldogs or else I will have to give up my ambition of becoming an emperor. I can be a vigilante instead. (lol) 

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You can belong to a culture, but that does not mean you are cultured.

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Stereotype= Type of stereo

Culture= the largest cult

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