Stanford Orebro Video Conference on Debunking Stereotypes

Students today used Adobe connection to engage in discussions about cultural stereotypes; as part of their activity, they were asked to imagine they had been chosen as an international team for a project to combat discrimination based on stereotypes and to devise an effective anti-stereotype campaign.

Below, students are invited to share their reflections on this activity, and to share what they learned about stereotypes across cultures specifically and about cross-cultural communication more generally.

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7 Responses to Stanford Orebro Video Conference on Debunking Stereotypes

  1. Stanford Group A says:

    We really enjoyed our opportunity to meet with our Swedish counterparts and share our views on various stereotypes. The stereotypes we found most interesting were the ones reflecting on the views of Americans as portrayed by our movies and media. These were particularly enlightening because we found the stereotypes to be almost impossibly shallow and reflect so few of the people around us. Being on this receiving end of this stereotype illuminated the particular aspects of stereotypes that we are usually loathe to recognize. –Stanford A

  2. Group A Örebro University says:

    Nice to talk to you guys!
    Intresting to see that you americans aren’t that extreem as we thought you were about everything but most about the christmas lights 🙂 Too bad we weren’t able to finish the task.

    We beleive that one can never get the true picture about a culture, theres always an exception!

    X O X O /Gossip Girl

  3. Örebro group B says:

    It was really fun talking to you guys and it was very interesting to hear your point of view!

    We talked about the swedish stereotype of the blonde woman with blue eyes, big boobs, that was skinny and is stupid. We managed to debunk that stereotype quite well, especially since none of the members of our group were blonde. So that one cracked quite rapidly. But we also saw that there is a hint of reality in the stereotype, since many swedes have fair skin and in fact are blonde, so we can see where it comes from, even though there have been traits added to the haircolor.

    The other stereotype, that the Stanford students brought to the conference, was about asians. They showed a YouTube-clip that was really funny and really fitted into our stereotype of an asian. So it was really funny how that picture was shared both of students in Sweden and in America. But we managed to debunk that stereotype as well, when we talked about our discrimination campaign.

    It focused on a young audience that was to be reached through the Internet, with for example Facebook and YouTube. We planned to use the clip, the short movie, that the Stanford students showed us. It was spot on, and a good way of reaching out to people is using humor! Since we had a million dollars, we wanted to hire a famous basketball player that is asian to further debunk the stereotype. That way we think that the stereotype about the asians should de debunked!!

    The overall impression from this conference is really good! It was so funny to talk to you and discuss these matters.

    Have a nice day over there!!
    // Emma, Emelie, Veronica and Sanna.

  4. Mandz says:

    We had a very nice conversation and it was quite fun that we had choosed the same stereotype: the typical Swedish girl, as long, blond with big (fake) boobs and lips.
    Our opinions about the stereotype were also about the same. We discussed the fact that you don’t have to be really smart if you are beautiful, since you can come a long way only with your look. We also came up with many other interesting statements and understandings.

    Take care CA! / Group C

  5. Group D, Örebro says:

    The whole experience was very interesting and fun. We all agreed that the stereotype in the youtube clip was exaggerated and that there are of course many smart people all over the US. How ever, the groop from Standford did agree of the stereotype that few people from the US have a good knowledge of the different countries and capitals i Europe and they did say that the main focus in the schools are on history and mainly on the countries the US have been involved with.

    If we were to do a campain to debunk the exagerated stereotype, we would probably use Facebook as our main media to spread information. This would give us the chanse to reach young people from all over the world easily and for them to start a conversation concerning the stereotype. More over, a video protraying a blond woman with a greater global knowledge would be used to depict the fact that the stereotype is exaggerated.

    It was nice talking to you guys, hope you got something great out of it as well 🙂

  6. Stanford University says:

    Our groups (B) had a great time exchanging ideas and views on each other’s stereotypes. The members of our group weren’t familiar with Swedish culture, unfortunately. We were able to compare our cultures through the Swedish student’s explanations, and we found many surprising differences in our thinking.

    The only stereotype we had was the thought that most Swedish people are white, blonde, and blue-eyed. It was surprising to see that they helped debunk this exact stereotype during their presentation. Through our discussion, we saw that our cultures shared similar takes on the use of sarcasm in speach. We saw, however, that Swedes like to stand farther apart when they speak. The example we provided regarding our Asian stereotypes were also similar to their stereotypes about Asian individuals.

    This exchange was a great way to learn a little more about each other. We had a great time in our discussion and hope to learn more.

    Link to our introduction post (contains video and campaign proposal):

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