That's true. When I was in high school, there was a Chinese foreign exchange student that said that the Chinese are hardly any better at math than Americans and they learn at the same pace that we do. But their private schools and private tutors are better than ours so the rich kids get really good. The only reason he made it to America is that he won some sort of contest or something.
Why not get rid of all stereotypes? They generalize a group based on the majority of that group, which is harmful to the minority. If an Asian isn't good at math, they shouldn't be expected to excel way beyond average simply because of heritage.
Well not all stereotypes. I don't have a large penis, but I have large feet and I'm black so they just assume. And stereotypes can also be useful as well. If you know the majority of certain people act negatively, then put up your guard but don't exclude them, because they may be the minority. Stereotypes aren't bad if you don't make them.
Why pretend like the majority of Asians are not better at Math than other races if it is simply true? I understand that there are always exceptions, and some may take offense, but it is plain stupid to pretend like something isn't true for the sake of 'equality'.
@Atheist-Independent: No one is denying that some stereotypes may be true. Whether they are beneficial is the question. If you told someone that you're Asian they could reply with "oh, so you must be really good at math". It's an unnecessary assumption that has become part of society and does nothing but divides people. It is also assumed in reverse: "you're not Asian, so you're probably not a genius at math". That may or may not be true. Stereotypes would be useful if they actually represented the entirety of a group, but when it's assumed that a member of a group must have a connection to that characteristic, that's where things go wrong.
@atheist That's not a stereotype. A stereotype is assuming that an INDIVIDUAL who is part of a group possesses qualities typical of that group. As in assuming someone is good at math BECAUSE he/she is Asian. NOT recognizing the fact that statistically, more Asians are good at math than other races.
@ Varrack I don't think the question is "are stereotypes beneficial" since it is merely a given that society will create stereotypes to categorize different groups. I think the question is "are stereotypes, on a whole, harmful?" Personally I think that for the most part, stereotypes are harmless, although I acknowledge that there can be negative repercussions of such a generalization.
@Atheist: If a stereotype ISN'T applied to an individual, it's no longer a stereotype, but an abstract quality of a group (eg Asians score high on math tests - this is a statistical truth). The stereotype realizes when the quality is APPLIED to any and all individuals of said group (eg "because X is Asian, and Asians score high on math tests, X will score high on math tests). Which, logically, is circular. It also denies X's individuality and is wrong from a moral standpoint as well as a logical one.