Problematizing Cultural Stereotypes in TESOL

  • Kumaravadivelu B
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A review of the relevant literature reveals that, in spite of its wide- spread sensitivity to cultural diversity and some critical analysis of culture, the TESOL profession is not free from cultural stereotypes that are particularly associated with students from Asia. It is apparent that there exists a harmful homogenization of nearly 3 billion people belonging to cultures as contrasting and conflicting as the Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and many others-all thrown into a single cultural basket labeled Asian. Such homogenization spawns stereotypes that, over time, develop a stubborn quality to persist. In this essay, I problematize the persistence of cultural stereotypes in TESOL by focusing on the representations of Asian students and the limitations of research findings.

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  • B. Kumaravadivelu

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