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Scholar Highlights Week Ending June 29, 2018

August 7, 2018

Tiana Richards

The topic for our cross-cultural session this week was focused on perception. We discussed our perception of Thai people before arriving in Thailand, our experiences with Thai people, and how Thai people could perceive Americans. Most Thai’s expect American’s to act the way they are portrayed in the media and as tourists. These stereotypes range from American’s like to party all the way to when visiting they aren’t respectful of the people and culture. By taking a step back I was fully able to comprehend and understand why they have this perception of Americans. There’s a fine line between stereotypes and generalizations and most times this line gets blurred. It is easier to stereotype a group of people, especially when you haven’t had previous interaction with them before.  Perception differs from person to person, but it’s always important to take a step back and try and look at things from a different perspective. This strategy has been extremely helpful during my trip.

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