The Presence of Ethnocentrism

Core Concepts discusses what our society is still guilty of today…judging others based on misconceptions of their group and labeling them as “inferior.” This phenomenon is known as ethnocentrism. As human beings, we have the tendency to become quite “cliquey” and take pride in own our established groups. This behavior leaves us with the various conflicts that we still face today; miscommunication, misinterpretation, and the justification of absurd actions. However, there is a way in which we can prevent such elitism and exclusion; by getting to know one another, and taking the time to understand other cultures.

Not so long ago, a woman by the name of Amy Cua (a Yale Law School professor) has sparked a national debate with her book titled “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Cua wrote about the success of each group based only on their culture and values, and why they are superior to other groups. The book defines traits that make different cultural groups successful in America, without measuring who actually becomes successful, and what defines success on a personal level. Amy Cua declares that money, fame, and power are the red flags of success, while bashing those who she considers inferior based on these conditions. In addition to making misconceptions, she makes a list of the cultural groups in which she believes will most likely not be successful, therefore singling them out. Here is a link to the article. ‘Triple Package’: Controversial book outlines ‘unlikely’ traits of success. Are her actions even justifiable?