Discrimination is the act of making unjustified distinctions between human beings based on the groups, classes, or other categories to which they are perceived to belong to. People may be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, as well as other categories. In social psychology, a stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular category of people. It is an expectation that people might have about every person of a particular group. The type of expectation can vary; it can be, for example, an expectation about the group’s personality, preferences, appearance or ability. Usually discrimination could be considered negative but sometimes can be a positive perception like, characteristics, or attributes.
In part 2 of this podcast, we continue our no holds bar discussion of discrimination, stereotyping, and others preconceived perceptions that we have encountered in Taiwan, as well as in other countries that we have lived in. Only through honest dialogue and admitting that discrimination and stereotypes do exist can we identify them and learn to see each person as an individual and not a representative of a whole people or race.