How stereotypes of the world differ

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 March, 2012, 12:00am


A stereotype is a simplified idea about a group of people or things. The way we create these stereotypes in our mind can be strongly affected by the way we are brought up. For example, an American of European heritage may have a very different idea of China compared to a China-born Chinese person.

Young Post conducted a little experiment over the past few weeks to find out more.

We gave a blank world map to students of different backgrounds. Then, we told them to write down the stereotypes they hold for every place on the map.

The students we interviewed study under four different education systems: local, British, European and northeast Asian. Although they all live in Hong Kong, most, if not all, of them grew up in their own culture, influenced by their family, friends and school. Let's check out how they see the world ...

Students from the British system

Students from the northeast Asian systems

Students from the European systems

Students from the local system