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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Project Implicit- a step to overcome prejudices and artificial barriers between people.

I had a conversation with a good friend the other day and something he said really bothered me. He said we will never have peace in this world.

Well, as someone who believes that world peace is not only possible but inevitable, it spurred me on to find things we can do to identify and neutralize the artificial (and often superficial) barriers we may not even be aware of.

I saw a link to Harvard University's "Project Implicit" and took a test. The results are below. I'm in the blue 6%. This test shows me that living in Hawaii has been a good thing for me. I grew up in Wisconsin where "white is right" and where through my whole childhood, I wished I could be white.

Take a Demo Test

You have completed the Asian American - European American IAT.
Your Result

Your data suggest a moderate association of Asian American with American and European American with Foreign compared to European American with American and Asian American with Foreign.

Thank you for your participation. Just below is a breakdown of the scores generated by others. Most respondents find it easier to associate European American with American and Asian American with Foreign compared to the reverse.
asianam score distribution
You have completed the Gender - Science IAT.
Your Result

Your data suggest a moderate association of Female with Science and Male with Liberal Arts compared to Male with Science and Female with Liberal Arts.

Thank you for your participation. Just below is a breakdown of the scores generated by others. Most respondents find it easier to associate Male with Science and Female with Liberal Arts compared to the reverse.
gensci score distribution

Interesting- I guess with all the male musicians in my family and friends who are female scientists, I'm influenced enough to be in the blue 3% on this one.

5 Comments:

OpenID gigihawaii said...

So, did you suffer from culture shock when you moved to Hawaii with its Asian majority?

I suffered from culture shock when I moved to the mainland and I was only one of a few Asians on the street.

January 9, 2009 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

Haha, the culture shock of Kauai was not so much racial as local. "Who's you father? Where do you work?"

Last Monday I ran into my first supervisor from the days I worked as a waitress 38 years ago. Not only did I have to learn how to serve, I was immersed in Filipino pidgin and telepathy.
"Liz- go in da kitchen and get me one da kine!"

After surviving that, there was no culture shock any more. There was only da kine!

January 9, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
OpenID gigihawaii said...

haha. Well, at least you weren't fired for not knowing da kine.

One of the jobs I had during college was one as a waitress at the Reef Hotel. It wasn't easy and I was fired after 2 weeks, because I was "too slow."

January 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
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