The dilemma of Asian international students – Liked less when acting stereotypical, yet penalised for being different

Chen, Kuan-Lun (2013). The dilemma of Asian international students – Liked less when acting stereotypical, yet penalised for being different Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Chen, Kuan-Lun
Thesis Title The dilemma of Asian international students – Liked less when acting stereotypical, yet penalised for being different
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Judith Griffiths
Total pages 91
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Backlash effects (Rudman, 1998) refer to the social and economic sabotage inflicted on those who display traits and behaviours that deviate from their group stereotypes in an effort to mitigate the threat to established social hierarchies. However, whether the presence of visual cues such as photographs of the stereotype violators accentuate or attenuate the backlash effects is currently unknown. Using a vignette experimental design, the present study investigated whether Australian students prefer and have higher intention to interact with an Asian international student described as displaying either stereotypical or counter-stereotypical traits and behaviours. Half of the vignettes (stereotypical and counter-stereotypical) were presented to the participants with a photograph of an Asian international student and the other half had no photo. Additionally, participant’s multicultural personalities (social initiative, emotional stability, open-mindedness, flexibility, and cultural empathy) and past contact experiences with Asian international students were investigated as potential moderators of the relationships between stereotypicality of the target in the vignette and participant’s perceived liking for, and intention to interact with the Asian international student. Results indicated that participants liked the fictitious counter-stereotypical Asian international student less in the vignettes and this effect was not moderated by the presence of the photograph. In contrast, participants expressed lower interest to interact with the counter-stereotypical Asian international student only when the photograph of the Asian international student was absent. Furthermore, participants with more cultural empathy and open-mindedness generally expressed greater liking and intention to interact with the Asian international students in the vignettes. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.
Keyword Asian students
Stereotype

 
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