People used to classify things by their physical characteristics, like exterior or weight, this is most intuitive judgment. For example, people can judge others’ race by their skin color, white, black or yellow. Another case is people will category items based on local culture foundation. For China, delicious foods, panda, rapid development, cheep labor, made in China are all clearly label for China. Foreigners will have a basic impression for China and Chinese based on their culture. These labels are indeed a part of Chinese culture, and on the other hand, it also proved cultural globalization.
Most of time, people will make the things simple, and give a fixed introduction for one thing. For British food, fish and chips is the fist word people can think, because in most foreigners mind, fish and chips can stand all British food, and ignore other food by this reason. This kind of simplifies things and give a fixed impression is not a good way about classification. One thing cannot stand for whole culture.
Now for “race”, there are many ways to classify. Skin color is the basic and widely physical determination method. People follow skin color to guess basic information for others, like where you from, what kind of language you will use, but sometimes is for classification of people. Like I had say, culture is a base when people judge things. Colonial expansion is an important part of the historical development. Most developing countries had experienced colonial rule, some of them still have it right now. This directly leads the class of the race, people in the colonies need to obey the role and requirements of the colonists, unfair but true reality. People used to divide people to “us” and “others”, like the lecture had shows, by reasons of society or culture.
To be honest, there still not an absolutely correct social or race division method. Morgan had divide human development by three stages: savagery, barbarism and civilization. This divides according to the facts, but still not accept by everyone. Levi-Strauss, Orin Starn and Christen A. Smith all describes the structure of today’s society by their works, each one has his opinion. In my opinion, people should find the relationship between culture, race and the label of culture, not try to choose a thing or a word to generalized everything.
My question is racial prejudice continues today, not matter dominant or recessive, how do you think of this and will you willing to change it? How? Cultural globalization is inevitable, and will this impact racial discrimination? How?