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Research on ethnic stereotypes cited in The Straits Times, 2 July 2017

Updated: Jan 2, 2021

"Research by academic Kenneth Paul Tan, vice-dean of academic affairs at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, has indicated that portrayal of ethnic stereotypes in popular culture, such as in film, could have far-reaching effects. A 2004 book chapter he wrote, titled Ethnic Representation On Singapore Film And Television, pointed out that generally, media representations of ethnicity and stereotypes could be the only sustained encounter that some people will ever have with minority groups. 'If these stereotypes are unpleasant, threatening or degrading, actual face-to-face interaction will almost certainly be discouraged, thereby limiting severely any motivation to discover the real people pushed behind the stereotypes,' the chapter notes."

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