Are you biased toward or against Asian Americans, European Americans, or others?

November 1, 2008


We probably all immediately think and say, “Of course not!” 

Officially in the USA and in China it’s considered bad form to be biased against a person’s ethnic background and culture of origin. Looking at these photos of adorable children, how could anyone be biased against them? Ah, but they grow up, don’t they? And isn’t it harder to maintain that open-mindedness in the adult world when dealing with others who are not doing things “our way”?


So, I wonder how often in speaking our mind on this subject we give the official answer but with a small, dissonant voice in the back of our minds thinking the opposite? Or, are we so conditioned to the official line that when we speak our mind on this we don’t acknowledge or really even know our mind on it?

This test from the Harvard University Web site can help point to conscious-unconscious divergence in this matter. Take the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short, and see what you can learn about yourself.

PS  According to the site, “Data exchanged with this site are protected by SSL encryption, and no personally identifying information is collected. IP addresses are routinely recorded, but are completely confidential.”

I love that geek talk!

PPS  I will confess to my own bias in another area: I was a psychology major, so I love this stuff.


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