Culture in itself is very important for every

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“Culture” in itself is very important for every individual, it shows their identity, who they are, where they come from, and a lot of the time, what they stand for and believe in. What I mean by “cultural discrimination” isn’t necessarily the text book definition of “when an individual is from a different background or culture and follows his/her rules truly but are hated by other people because of their different lifestyle and are not given equal rights.” (1) But I would like to focus this paper on the fact that people very easily and often do look at people from different cultures with a certain preconception of who they are. My take on cultural discrimination is that one race finds
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itself superior to another, thus judging them and making preconceived assumptions of what they are about. How many times have we heard someone say or personally thought certain stereotypes such as “Asians are good at math” or “East Indian people make good doctors” or “Mexicans are lazy” or “White Americans are stuck up and pushy” or “Black people are criminals?” These are all perceptions that some people may have about a certain cultural group either because of what the media shows, opinions of others, or cultural stereotyping. I have noticed it much more as I have been travelling, and to be honest, have caught myself beginning to think things about certain cultures just because they are who they are. Cultural discrimination in my opinion doesn’t have to be to the extreme of “hating someone” because of who they are or where they are from but even snotty glances at those who may wear accessories or clothes that aren’t “normal” can be considered discrimination. Why this is becoming a growing issue is because “most racial remarks almost always go unnoticed and unreported.” (2) There tends to be a lot of discrimination at schools toward foreign students because “foreign students do not resist or report incidences to the proper authorities.” (2) I know that I have personally been taken advantage of in a foreign country when a fake official in a uniform told me that I had the wrong train ticket and told me to pay him a large amount of money, or threatened to take me to jail. I can only imagine how those studying have the fear of the “tradition of the country” and just go with it rather than face any trouble.
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