Stereotypes vs. Useful Generalizations in Shanghai


Stereotypesvs. Useful Generalizations in Shanghai

Asan experienced travel agent and a resident of Shanghai, I have vastexperience for guiding businesspersons in choosing suitable tradepartners. Last year, I won the Chinese word for the best business andcorporate agent travel advisor. Therefore, I feel obliged to deliverfirst-class tour arrangements for the Taiwan Minister of Commerce andher entourage in the two days she will be attending an internationalbusiness meeting in Shanghai. The meeting will bring togethergovernment representatives and renowned entrepreneurs from Asia(Macrae, 1996).

Stereotypesare oversimplified ideologies or illustration of other people,country, or individual. Stereotypes can be either positive ornegative. On the other hand, generalizations refer to statementsdeduced from given cases using unspecific criteria. Generalizationsare mainly applied when an individual is explaining the ideologies ofa given group (Macrae, 1996).

Shanghaiis no exception to stereotypes. For example, the Chinese believe thatShanghai manufacturers make the best quality products. Everythingthat comes with a label stating that it is manufactured in China isthought to have the highest quality. The assumption that Shanghaiproduce the highest quality products is than any other city in China.Examples of long-standing and valuable products include Red Lampradios, Phoenix bicycles, and Zhong Hua toothpaste among others. As aresult, many manufacturers relocated their manufacturing plants intoShanghai instead of the manufacturers developing advanced technologyfor improving the quality of the products made. Similarly, Shanghaiinhabitants are allegedly social snobs. They believe that allnon-Shanghaiers are poor peasants (Macrae, 1996).

Onthe other hand, most Shanghai women are alleged that they arematerialistic and hard to impress. People from outside the city oftengossip that Shanghai men are househusbands since their wives are toobossy. The men are often criticized as weak because women controlthem, which is against the Chinese culture. The Shanghaiers have ageneral conviction that they are the financial capital of China.Besides, they are confident and proud of their virtues, which includebeing delicate, practical and determined to keep their promises forthe sake of maintaining their trustworthy (Macrae, 1996).

Insummary, I am an efficient tour guide for a government convoy inShanghai since I can differentiate stenotype attitude fromgeneralized ideologies concerning Shanghai people. Besides, I havelived in the city, as well as conducted critical observation of thecommunity, which has enabled me to understand the people, theirculture, and values from an unbiased perspective.


Lee,L. O. (1999). Shanghaimodern: The flowering of a new urban culture in China, 1930-1945.Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.: Harvard Univ. Press.

Macrae,C. N. (1996). Stereotypesand stereotyping.New York [u.a.: Guilford Press.