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Topics: Psychology, Ethnic nationalism, Ethnicity Pages: 2 (452 words) Published: December 4, 2013
Good afternoon everyone, my name is Family Leung. Today I’m going to talk about how has the concept of ethnocentrism affected our way of thinking. But before I talk about how it affected our thinking, please let me explain what ethnocentrism is. Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own culture. Ethnocentric individuals judge other groups relative to their own ethnic group or culture, especially with concern for language, behavior, customs, and religion. These ethnic distinctions and subdivisions serve to define each ethnicity's unique cultural identity. Ethnocentrism may be overt or subtle, and while it is considered a natural proclivity of human psychology, it has developed a generally negative connotation. As what I have said, ethnocentrism is a natural proclivity of human psychology, we are born with it and also after we edified by the social environment it has become more intense. We will tend to think of ourselves as the center of the universe and are prone to judge others against ourselves. When we are faced with different races, we will feel rejection and denial. Also strongly believe that our own culture will always greater than others. For example in the aspect of behavior, in India people don’t use the tableware when they are eating. Indians only use their right hand to pick the food directly. But in our ethnic we use tableware instead. For us this tradition is weird and unacceptable. We will think only the unenlightened people have this kind of behavior. Then in the aspect of language, when you are travelling in Japan and you want to speak to the locals, they won’t speak in international language. Although they know how, they just won’t because they have very strong ethnocentrism. They are proud of their language and they are not willing to condescend themselves to speak other languages. These are some examples that prove how ethnocentrism affected our thinking. But as my point of view, I think...
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