ERIC Number: ED127262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Images of China. An Experimental Unit.
Smith, Gary R.; Otero, George
This unit contains 25 class activities to help middle and high school students become aware of stereotypic images they may have about China and the Chinese. The activities can form the basis of a minicourse or can be used to supplement courses in sociology, psychology, U.S. history, world history, language arts, or community studies. Section One activities examine perceptions, how they are formed and how they can be misleading, and introduce students to the concept of stereotypes. Section Two activities help students to verbalize stereotypic images they may have of the Chinese and of China, and expose them to information that challenges their stereotypes. Students list things that come to mind when they think of China, list stereotypes of the Chinese while viewing a series of contemporary greeting cards of the Chinese, and draw stick figures of the Chinese. Students then check their own images of the Chinese by examining drawings which Chinese artists have made of the Chinese, reading stories which illustrate the dominant values of the Chinese people, and looking at slides which show Chinese customs and the diversity of geography and life-styles. In Section Three students study a satirical essay which illustrates how misperceptions can become part of the context about China, look at stereotyping in a news article, examine bias in U.S. textbooks, and study the perception that their own community has of Chinese. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Center for Teaching International Relations.
Identifiers - Location: China