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Cultural stereotypes or national character?

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, professor of psychology | May 2, 2012

We have all heard vacationers come back from an exotic locale with tales of how wonderful the locals are. Often, these exclamations characterize, unhesitatingly, an entire nation: “Everyone is sooo nice in Mexico!” Or, “I just love the Bahamas, the locals are so happy and carefree!” It can be hard to argue against these impressions, particularly since the people … Continue reading »

Is Jeremy Lin like Jackie Robinson?

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, professor of psychology | February 17, 2012

As a student of stereotypes and intergroup relations, the Jeremy Lin phenomenon makes me wonder whether Lin has opened the door for Asian American athletes to finally stop being overlooked in American sports, much in the same way that Jackie Robinson opened doors for African American athletes. There is reason for pessimism, you see. As … Continue reading »