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Czech stereotypes and cultural traits

Prezentace jako multimedialni pomucka k online kurzu Interkulturní kompetence pro osobní a profesní život

Blanka Caletková

on 30 April 2014

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Transcript of Czech stereotypes and cultural traits

Czech stereotypes and most common cultural traits
General rules
- Positive vs. Negative effects

- Some are offensive

- Please do not let your stereotypes to become prejudices !

- When can stereotypes be good for us ?
Stereotypes of others
French wear beret and eat frogs.

The Brits drink tea all the time.

Women cannot drive as well as men.

Jews are greedy.

Black people are criminals.

Muslims are terrorists.

Children don't enjoy healthy food.

Gays love to wear pink clothes.

Blonds are not intelligent.

All politicians think only of personal gain and benefit.

Europe according to the British
Europe according to Italians
Europe according to Germans
(not only Czech) Stereotypes
Stereotypes of the Czech Republic
fattening food - dumplings
The most common traits of the Czechs
Can speak fluently Russian

Stereotype (verb or noun)
Oxford dictionary:
(n) a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing
(n) an often unfair and untrue belief that many people have about all people or things with a particular characteristic
(v) to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same
Mapping the world
Creator: Yanko Tsvetkov
Mapping stereotypes

London-based designer Yanko Tsvetkov decided to mock our simplified perceptions of the world by creating a series of infographical maps of the most popular national stereotypes. Instead of drawing the traditional geographical boarders of the countries, Yanko’s maps indicate how different nations see one another.

"It was gradually expanded to contain more than 40 stereotype maps, which the author describes as cartographic caricatures ridiculing the worst excesses of human bigotry and narrow-mindedness." - description by Amazon

Europe according to the French
Stereotypes may also do some good
Use them wisely
They shouldn't be the first thing to come out of someone's mouth
Be aware of they exist even for you
They change according to the background of the speaker
Learn/practice how to react to them
Not significant
Art Nouveau
(possibly other artists, writers)
Everything is cheap
Women = beautiful, men have mustaches
crystal production
Being polite in public transports
Going to countryside whenever possible
Do all kinds of outside sports
Taking off shoes when entering a house or a flat
Using academic titles
Dressing in a simple, outdoorsy way
Drinking a lot of beer, anytime
Voting the Communist party
Actually responding to 'How are you?'
Celebrating Easter tradition
Clinging to gender roles (maternity leave)
Not having national pride
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