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What is ethnocentrism?

1. What is ethnocentrism? How does it affect perceptions among culturally diverse groups? (about 250 words)

2. What are at least two sociopolitical factors encountered by Asian Pacific Americans? What impact do these factors have on this population? (about 250 words)

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1. What is ethnocentrism? How does it affect perceptions among culturally diverse groups? 250 WORDS PLEASE

""Ethnic" refers to cultural heritage, and "centrism" refers to the central starting point... so "ethnocentrism" basically refers to judging other groups from our own cultural point of view."" (http://www.iupui.edu/~anthkb/ethnocen.htm)

Ethnocentrism is often defined as "thinking one's own group's ways are superior to others" or "judging other groups as inferior to one's own". (http://www.iupui.edu/~anthkb/ethnocen.htm)

A more explicit definition of ethnocentrism is: "making false assumptions about others' ways based on our own limited "cultural" experience." The word assumption is key because most people are NOT aware of being ethnocentric, which affects our perceptions of the world. (http://www.iupui.edu/~anthkb/ethnocen.htm)

It affects perceptions among culturally diverse groups through our assumptions we have about other groups of people. In fact, these "assumptions we make about others' experience can involve false negative judgments, reflected in the common definition of ethnocentrism. For example, in a diverse group, members may judge some behaviors inaccurately based on perceived assumptions about the group which the person is a member. For example, someone ...

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To aid understanding, this solution discusses the concept of ethnocentrism, and how it affects perceptions among culturally diverse groups. It is also discusses at least two sociopolitical factors encountered by Asian Pacific Americans, and the impact these factors have on this population. Extra resources on the topics are also provided.

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