Stereotypes are the beliefs and thoughts about a particular group of people , which may be factious or fictional. There are a lot of stereotypical views about Asian people . Here are a few most common as well as popular Asian stereotypes.
10. Asian males are Chauvinistic
Asian males are stereotyped as irrational and disrespectful towards women . The stereotypical view says that east Asian men are chauvinistic and that they despise women empowerment and liberation . They are often believed to be orthodox and biased when it comes to women rights . Moreover , these misogynistic Asian males are portrayed as a threat to white women , by American media . there are a lot of movies in which the Asian men , esp the Chinese guys are shown alike. The Asian men are also portrayed as less ‘manly’ in various movies The western males , on the other hand are labeled to be the most romantic and lovable men across the world who unlike Asians , respect women’s liberty and advancement .
9. Asian parents are conservative and strict
Asian parents are considered relatively strict , constantly nagging their children . Mommies are , in particular portrayed as complaining while fathers are believed to be the monopolist and dictator-like , whose will shall be final and binding. The Asian parents are not assumed to be liberal about letting their kids go partying with friends .Instead they would ask them ‘ Have you studied yet ?’ .Asian parents think that their kids should not date anyone until university and even thereafter its too early. Also , the parents tend to compare their children against others’. Further , the worst suffering of Asian kids is that their parents wake up the entire household with loud noises by turning the TV on or by sound of vaccuming .
8. Asians have bad English
This stereotype might be true for some Asians . Western people vouch that Asians , no matter how they learn , are not good at speaking and using English . They think that the Asian countrymen are incapable of handling the language in its prestige . When Asians use English , they do not use it in its pristine form . Instead, they fuse it with the local dialect and dip it in their local accent , thereby imparting a regional beat to the dialect of West – English .The Chinese , Japanese and the Koreans are pointed to speak the language using very unnecessarily short and soft words . The Western World believes that Asians miss the style of English speaking. The middle Eastern people are stereotyped as the ones who barely talk in English because they simply do not tend to know it well .The Indians especially the North Indians are universally famous for the way they use the language-with a tint of their local tone . Plus , they are notorious for talking very loudly .
7. Sikhs are same as Muslims
The western people find it difficult to distinguish between Sikhs and Muslims , probably because both the religious groups do not shave the beard . The Sikhs who bear the buns are also confused with the Muslims who keep their head covered using a drape . This stereotype is a total fiction because the two religious groups are entirely different and have no such commonalities . further , the local clothing in Asian zone makes it further difficult for them to differentiate in the two groups .This typecast is particularly popular amongst English and Americans who try to trace similarities amongst all the Asians , which is in turn , also a Stereotypical Asian view towards the former.
6. Asians are bad at athletics
This a highly notorious label for Asians that they are and can never be good athletes . Though Asians comprise 57% of the world’s population and are excellent at academics and in professional life , but when it comes to sports front , they suck ! Though this is not very true for all Asians (east Asians being the exception ) , but there is substantial support for the fact that Asians do not believe in taking sports that seriously as to make it profession .This classification arises from the fact that the Asians, genetically are not as tall and fit as the Americans , Europeans , Australians and Africans athletes and thus under represent and under perform in track and field events , football , basketball , soccer , tennis , boxing and the similar athletic stuff .But then , it is not true that Asians do not entirely play even a bit ! If East Asians master at badminton and table tennis , the south eastern subcontinent is a cricket-maniac .
5. Asians are mathematics brainpans
Western countries perceive Asians as the mathematics whiz who can calculate and solve the mathematical and quantitative problems with the blink of the an eye . This is partially a fact , because Asians have superior mathematics than the non-Asians . But it does not necessarily mean that they a very good mathematical knowledge , on an absolute scale . The Asians , are cultured in a way that they are always made to stress more on studies and the traditional learning methods (Do -It-A-Thousand-Times-Until-It-Is-Done) help them score brilliantly . By this very way they can out stand the western traditional learning methods and so their students .
4. Most Asians are doctors or engineers
It is funny , but the facts support this pigeonhole ! Most of the Asians that have travelled and settled beyond Asia are Doctors or engineers and are earning richly, more than the native residents in some cases . A study by University of California, Berkeley, reported that 33% of the engineers working in the Silicon Valley are of Indian descent, while 7% of valley hi-tech firms are led by the Indian CEOs. Other Asians on the list comprise of Chinese , Hispanics , Japs , Koreans etc . The Asians occupying the higher posts in such professions had been a worldwide discussion. Further half of the % Asians in America hold bachelors degree in comparison with 30%of the natives .
3. Asians are poor except for Arabs
To the west, the Arabs seems to be the only rich Asians. The Arabs are believed to be the billionaires, who own cars plated with gold and studded with diamonds , owning large oil refineries and massive land shares that have huge potential to be oil wells, and that’s all is the secret of their wealth . Arabs however are attacked with the worst stereotypes- bombers , belly dancers and terrorists .whereas , the south Asian continent is considered to be the poorest people in the world who are barely provided with basic amenities. The countries like Laos , Vietnam , India , Pakistan , Bangladesh are quoted as the homes of the poorest .
2. Asians have no fashion sense
They think that Asian have no dressing sense . Especially the Asian females, who , they say have little curves to fancy . Asian women dress conservatively ,they always tie up their hair and dress like elderly and wouldn’t mind going to party wearing crocs – because they think ‘crocs’ are comfortable. They are often stereotyped as wearing non classy and informal clothing all the time .
But , fashion , in true sense is nothing but a perception and people have right to hold opinions . Asians , have their own variety of dressing and accessories to wear and carry , respectively and so do Non-Asians . Some Asians vouch that they wear what suits their body.
1. All Asians look alike
This sounds weird but it is a very common stereotypical thought about Asians that they all look alike . The hair color , the skin color and texture , the average man – woman height, etc. all are quite and closely similar that leads to this pigeonhole classification .Among all the Asians , the most difficult to differentiate are the East Asians ( namely Chinese , Koreans , Japanese and even some Indians ) particularly because of the type of eyes they have . Even some Asians, not only western people , are typical about this East – Asian stereotypes . Also , Asians are believed to have straight black hair , usually long . Not just do the Asians look similar , they have similar sort of names and have a little variety of surnames too .