Category Archives: National Stereotypes

South African Stereotypes

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Many people believe that Africa is a primal and savage country, and in some aspects, yes that is true. But Africa, especially South Africa, has come so far despite its poverty. Not all Africans are poor, and most aren’t rapists or kidnappers like many people tend to believe. Africa is wild, but it is so civilized at the same time. It is understandable to only see Africa through the image of “The Lion King,” because that portrayal can be somewhat true. But there are lots of different images of Africa. If we open ourselves up to that notion, maybe then we can see the remarkable country that has developed so far.

Venezuelan Stereotypes

Venezuelan Stereotypes

What do you know about venezuelan? What are their fauvorite sports? Who is the most known Venezuelan around the world?

Some of these questions we can easily respond, like Hugo Chavez (ex-dictator (ops)) and baseball (the sport number one in Venezuela).

What people usually don’t know is that the most of venezuelans are hard working people of spanish descent without much native american blood. They are divided between city dwellers and agricultural people. They were probably not happy with Hugo Chavez because they remember the ‘good old days’ when Venezuela was thriving.

Guatemalan Stereotypes

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WTF?! I said!
I asked for a suggestion to a friend about which should be the next national stereotype and he exclaimed! GUATEMALAN STEREOTYPE! Dude! Are you kidding me (I said!).

So  here I go again. Let me stereotype the Guatemalan people!

In a short research we can find that the most commons stereotypes are :

  • Guatemalans are short mexicans
  • They are ex-mayas, so they are indians
  • They wear colorful clothes

Bulgarian stereotypes

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Honestly I’ve never heard about Bulgarian stereotypes before… The commons terms associated were : Harry Potter, and the England Vs. Bulgaria Quidditch match, or by Romanians the Bulgarian people are thieves, and to others they are slavic and orthodox.

But what do you think are the major stereotypes about Bulgaria that you as foreigners or Bulgarians have encountered around the world, among the public or among international media? Have you found those to be generally true or generally false?  Are the stereotypes the key to Bulgaria’s generally bad image abroad?

American Stereotypes

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First of all we are assuming here americans as people who were born in United States of America, and not all American people (north america, central america and south america).

Stereotypes of Americans are ethnic generalizations and oversimplified images or ideas about American people, and are found in many societies worldwide. Remember americans here are defined as citizens of the United States. Stereotypes of Americans have been collectively internalized by societies, and are manifested by a society’s media, literature, creative expressions, and general public opinion. Some of the following stereotypes are more popular than the others, and some are not directed exclusively toward Americans. Most of the stereotypes are negative, but some are positive.Negative stereotypes of other cultures and social groups are common in virtually all societies.

Argentinian stereotypes

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Argentina is the Latin American country with the most Nobel Prizes, for a total of five, all obtained during the second half of the twentieth century. The country has three Nobel prizes in science and two of peace. The most important aspects of science and technology in Argentina are concerned with medicine, nuclear physics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, space and rocket technology and several fields related to the country’s Main Economic Activities. The country also has the mega exhibition center of science, technology, industry and art that are Latin America’s largest.

But, what do you know about the Argentinians (Argentines or Argentineans) ? Well, I know that they’re not humble, love dancing tango, they are soccer passioned and Argentinian women are pretty and hot.

The most important people there are: Maradonna, Lionel Messi and now the Pope Francisco Bergoglio.

Polish Stereotypes

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Here are a list of stereotypes and prejudices about Poles (or if you prefer The Polish people) and Poland. Polish jokes are jokes based on stereotypes about Polish people. Jokes that disparage Poles are also colloquially called Polack jokes, in reference to an ethnic slur. The jokes generally stereotype Poles as being of inferior intelligence.

Polish people in keywords are neurotic; never smile but complain a lot; hard bargainers; babysitters; intolerant; heavy alcohol users; your car will be stolen, once you cross the border; easy-going; conservative; intellectual; attractive women, aggressive men – always up to pick a fight; excellent drivers; hard-working; helpful; listen to folk music; sit in church all day if nothing else to do; very religious

Brazilian Stereotypes

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What stereotypical vision do you have about Brazil? An open-minded people or a primitive people? A lazy, slothful, sluggished, slacked people or hard working, workoholic and dedicated people? When we talk about international vision about Brazil we easily associate with Amazon Rainforest, Beaches, Samba and Favelas.  When we talk about brazilians the first thing that come is Ronaldinho & Pelé.

Let’s check what are those stereotypes for the land of Carnival!

Indian Stereotypes

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What do hou know about the people from India or book or culture or actors/actress? Well, we both know that the cows are sacred, or they have many gods (official is about 500 millions and extra official could be something like 1 BILLION), they are always pictured like a poor people who want to have an “american dreams” like in the movies “Who wants to be a millionaire? (Slumdog Millionaire)” or “The Guru”, specially this second movie supports the notion that India is known all over the world as the land of Kama Sutra.

Italian Stereotypes

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Ok, What is the first thing you think about an italian stereotyped? What are some stereotypes of Italians? Spaghetti? mafia? musical accent? gestures?  romantic?  loud? fashion? For sure  these are all words often used to describe Italians. How much truth is there in the stereotype?

This article was written by an Italian. So check it out.