Western stereotypes of West and Central Asians

Western Stereotypes Of West And Central Asians

Western stereotypes of West and Central Asians

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Western Stereotypes of Central and Western Asians are oversimplified generalisations against people from or with ancestry in Central Asia (including Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, etc.) and Western Asia (including Iran, Iraq, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc.).

Common stereotypes have become more prevalent in Western countries especially after 9/11. There have been hate crimes against people of Western Asian origin, who are mostly Muslims, in the USA. Many people who have Muslim names have also been detained at American airports.

Central Asia especially the Former Soviet-bloc, is often seen as a backwards region, where everyone lives on subsistence farming, and everyone has strange customs.

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In his essay "Arabs in Hollywood: An Undeserved Image", Scott J. Simon argues that of all the ethnic groups portrayed in Hollywood films, "Arab culture has been the most misunderstood and supplied with the worst stereotypes".

The American media stereotypes Arabs and Muslims as billionaires, belly dancers, bombers, and terrorists with little regard for human life, especially in the post-9/11 world. Many movies feature Arab terrorist villains threatening to blow things up, including Black Sunday and Dead or Alive. The stereotypical appearance of such Arabs includes beards and keffiyehs. The stereotype of the Arab billionaire may have its roots in the 1973......
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