MYTH 1: "Arabs use their right hand instead of toilet paper"
Truth: NO. If anyone even bothers to look around in the world, they would soon find that people from the Middle East and the Southeastern places of Asia as well as the Southwest do NOT use their hands only to clean their um...area. Guess what? They use water to clean themselves. They have ways of their own that are just as clean as people from the USA and the rest of the Western World. What's more, the reason why they don't use toilet paper has more to do with the cost of it and the fact that they are more conserving on resources than we Americans. If anything, that's way better than what some of us do: We use paper rather profusely, and we often waste it.
Seriously, if anyone even tells me anymore about people from the Middle East being "dirty and hypocrites and all that", I will wack someone.
MYTH 2: "The Chinese are all born with a disease called Eastern Asian Yellow Skin sickness."
Truth: ...if anyone hasn't noticed, ALL Asians have a slight tint of yellow in their skin. Also, keep in mind: The reason why the skin of so many Chinese individuals during the Sino-Japanese war had so many problems had to do with the Health Issues of the time of the Chinese populus. The Japanese, for one, had very little Health issues mainly due to their system leaders, who actually bothered to make sure their people were well-fed and cared for. The Nationalists of that time, on the other hand, didn't give a crap about allowing ANY health care available to the rest of the people, and purposely made it so expensive that they would take taxes from them 60 years in advance (and this was proven just recently). What's worse is that they would use people of all ages from their own country to experiment as torture victims and dead biopsies (even if they weren't Communist party members, they didn't care). Thankfully (and this is one of the few things I actually am thankful to the Chinese Communist Party for, even if I DON'T like them), the Communist Party of China forbade that kind of behavior the Nationalists proposed and made Health care available to everyone, and because of that the people are no longer having so many health issues ravage the population as they used to.
MYTH 3: The populus of European Americans have a lot of racists and white supremacists.
Truth: Every kind of ethnicity has racists! I, for one, know a lot of people who have seen racists from other ethnicities (including people from my own ethnicity, yep, as well as people from many other Asian ethnicities as well). It's not just a matter of colonialism from the past or anything like that. Racism is prevalent everywhere in the world, and we all need to work together with every other ethnic group and religious society and so forth to destroy that racism. The thing is, every society is ambivalent about differences in one way or another, unless they find the means to communicate with the other society well. The problem is, we the people need to learn how to not just "tolerate" differences, but celebrate the fact that we have differences and those differences themselves. Tis a good way to stop war and find the means to talk more clearly with one another.
It's a difficult goal, but it is worth the while.
MYTH 4: Chinese people are manipulative.
Truth: ...er, in case you didn't notice, any society that is considered "Old World" and has a lot of complex relationships in regards to human individuals tends to have some manipulative people. The thing is, some of this is actually accepted in those societies, and there are times when manipulation can be a useful skill (mainly in defending yourself from being tricked or conned or something). Nevertheless, it also is an ethical issue: to what degree may we use these skills? It can be a good thing to use to defend oneself and one's friends, but it also might be something that could lead to a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of problems for others one encounters who don't understand. The thing is, people need to realize that these sort of differences are sometimes for good and sometimes for ill, because there are some capabilities that some ethnic groups in general have in greater numbers than in other ethnic groups, and what makes this interesting is that we all can learn from each other for this. None of these skills are linked to genetics alone, and that is why we all can adapt and change and become better people. Truly celebrating diversity is the key to making sure that people in all different backgrounds learn from each other at the maximum rate and understand each other and each other's backgrounds well.
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