Sapna Cheryan, PhD, University of Washington
Thursday, September 16th, 2021, 9 am PT
Abstract: Different racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. have been subordinated in different ways. This work integrates a dimension of cultural foreignness (Zou & Cheryan, 2017) along with the more commonly studied dimension of perceived status to understand forms of prejudice faced by Asian Americans. Using controlled laboratory and field experiments, self-generated discrimination experiences, and U.S. court cases, I will demonstrate Asian Americans’ perceived positioning as high status and culturally foreign in U.S society and consequences for the forms of discrimination they face. I will further provide experimental evidence that discrimination-based cultural foreignness may be seen by White Americans as less harmful than other forms of discrimination. This work moves beyond a “one size fits all” approach to discrimination to document the distinct forms of discrimination faced by Asian Americans in U.S. society and the accompanying challenges in addressing these forms of discrimination.
Original presentations from the SABER seminar series: “A call to action: Striving towards inclusion in academic biology.”
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