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Prejudice Essay

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Subject area Biology
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With this oral history paper I was quite excited to find someone with a very interesting and diverse family history that I think would contribute a whole lot to the topic of prejudice and stereotype. This paper will explore the perspectives of stereotype and bias of my interviewee and also how both factors have influenced her life. Brown (1995) defines prejudice as a negative attitude, emotion, or behavior towards members of a team as a consequence of the membership of the group. This negative attitude, emotion, or behavior we endeavor toward members of a particular group is affected by the attitudes of other people around us as well as the norms of our ingroup. In this paper I'd attempt to use the interviewee's stories that in many cases are full of treatments of prejudices and stereotypes coming from others and herself. The person I interview is FDG, a 23 year old female college student using a Motion Picture/Movie Production in the Academy of Art in San Francisco. FDG was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her father is black and her mother is from Turkmenistan (formerly a part of the Soviet Union). Her father comes from a very spiritual (Moslem) family from Sumatra and it had been a serious horror to his family when he decided to marry a foreign Jewish woman (her mother subsequently converted to Islam when FDG was seven years old). FDG comes from a very comfortable financial background, both her parents are chemical engineers. FDG said that she grew up in a really sheltered environment where nearly every she had were provided for. As a child of a mixed raced couple, FDG becomes a member of the minority group in the country she had been living in where most couples come in similar economic, spiritual, and ethnic backgrounds. FDG now admits that during her childhood and adolescence she had encountered and professional stereotyping and prejudice. Since Russian is her first language, in kindergarten she had been educated by her friends for not being able to speak Indonesian fluently and looking different than others. "I've always hated my blonde hair," states FDG, " time a friend accused me of being an albino Indonesian I reckon that he could not accept the fact that I had a Russian mother with blonde her too!" At the 4th level she got into a battle and punched a classmate after he cried, "Go back to where you belong you Russian terrorist!" FDG remarks that looking ba...

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