Dealing With Stereotypes

Racial stereotypes are everywhere — especially for children who were adopted transracially. Help them overcome stereotyping with these tips.

Racial stereotypes are everywhere — but they can be overcome
At a recent workshop for adoptees, there was a discussion on the subject of stereotypes. Many of the 10- to 14-year-olds in attendance were unfamiliar with the term. But when examples of Asian stereotypes were listed — math club geek, China doll, kung-fu fighter, laundry worker, rice eater, and so on — they all began to giggle with recognition. Old martial arts movies, as well as today's mainstream media, had filled their minds — and those of their schoolmates — ...

When our children get hit with negative — or positive — labels, it robs them of who they really are.

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