In the essay by Amy Tan "The Language of Discretion", she writes up many points time and time again how a stereotype can give one culture and/or people an image hard to erase. A stereotype is an oversimplified opinion or image that one will give or form about another. For an example, the New York Times magazine article she mentions in her essay states a few things about the Chinese including, "One compromises, one doesn't hazard a loss of face by an overemphatic response'" (662). Although her essay is directed at how Americans and Chinese have different stereotypes for each other, many of what she brings up could be directed to Scheper-Hughes and her experience in the Ballybran village. One assumption that was easily made was by the villager. When Sheper-Hughes entered to the village, she introduced herself as an anthropologist. Immediately, some of the people of Ballybran were weary of her because they figured she was like the last anthropologist that had visited, who apparently had taken the time to measure their skulls.
One other factor that could bring cause for a stereotype would be the cultural invisibility. The cultural invisible power exists not just outside the village of Ballybran, but also... [continues]
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