An interesting write up by Tim Pile here at the SCMP last year. We’ve all read about horror stories relating to bad behavior of tourists from certain nationalities. They come from the North, South, East and Western hemispheres. Basically they can be from anywhere. Did you read Tim’s article in the link? If so, now you know who potentially the worst of them are.
But today our point is not to identify the ‘worst’ tourists by nationality. Rather it is about stereotyping. Certain groups of people are supposedly industrious. Others are good business people often amassing a lot of wealth. Some folks are plain stingy and mean. You see where this is going?
It does not help that media tend to sensationalize news. One black sheep these days appears to taint the entire flock
black grey too. Not a fair assessment in our opinion. Live and let live. Why can’t we all just get along? Because we all have our own cultures that would be normal in our part of the globe. We travel to learn about how others live and to appreciate it.
We so often associate specific traits, characteristics, behaviors to groups of people. Labels these are, and oftentimes they are demeaning too. So before we start pointing fingers at anyone else, let’s start from ourselves. Charity begins at home and so does self reflection.
A tough and contentious topic. Any brave soul care to air a view? Or will this become another commentless post?