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Pet Sins September 2006 Issue
Strangers in a strange land - stereotypes and perceptions

In this issue, we explore the experience of traveling and living abroad, with it attendent issues of dealing with assumptions and stereotypes on both the parts of visitors and natives. Locals may hold stereotypes and expectations of the foreigner, based on his/her national origin and/or race. On the other hand, the foreign visitor also brings along his/her preconceived notions what is right or proper, viewing local behaviors through an ethnocentric lens. There is often a disconnect in the way people perceive the same situation, which gives rise to misunderstandings. We're not here to give answers, but to perhaps raise questions which we hope, in the very least, will promote greater understanding.