Orientalism

After taking a class with Dr. Jani a couple semesters ago i was opened up to a viewpoint that I previously never had.  I began making observations of general stereotypes that occur in our every day life.  It left me with many questions.  Why does everything have to be East vs West? Why do people think south Asians are either doctors or work at a 7/11? Why do people commonly think of Asians being exotic? By making these generalizations we’re categorizing people and viewing them as a cultural “other”.  I don’t really have an answer as to why people make these generalizations and was wondering if any of you guys could provide insight on this topic.

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