Using a tired stereotype about Indians running Seven-11 stores, CNBC’s Joe Kernan, host of “Squawk Box,” used a story about Indian’s currency, the rupee, to affect an accent and make a joke that is not exactly original.
This is what our cultural competence guide about Indians in America says about occupational stereotypes:
“One is that they Indians all work in highly skilled jobs like IT and engineering. Other stereotypes say they run convenience stores or donut shops or drive taxis and trucks. Indians work in both areas, but the problem is when we think that jobs are mostly performed by one group or when we think of one group as mostly being employed in that job. That hardly ever happens.”
Here’s the Gawker story.
Miss America Nina Davuluri said she will try to rise above racist comments about her Indian-American heritage and inaccurate comments that said she is Arab-American, Newsday reports. Davuluri had said her platform for the competition was “celebrating diversity through cultural competence.”
This fall, our Bias Busters class will create and publish a guide designed to help international students acclimate to life on U.S. college campuses.
We will update you on our progress here, and provide updates on other issues related to our core mission of providing guides to cultural competence.
Watch for our new guide to be available in December.
International enrollment is up at universities across the United States.
The University of Montana is seeing its international enrollment go up by about 170 students in 2013, compared to 125 new students the year before. They come from a surprisingly large number of countries.
The Missoulian reports how the university is trying to help international students adapt.
New Hampshire Business Review details how an effort at a warehouse in California to foster inclusiveness tripped up Target because it dwelt on differences, rather than similarities.
The article contrasts that with New Hampshire’s Stonyfield Farms, which used shared interpretations of images to transcend language barriers and be on the same page.
There are good cultural competence lessons for businesses in the article.