“What? it is really unfair to have a good friend or special relationship with people from Aceh Selatan, South Aceh!”. That (still) was a familiar “saying” or “stereotype” in my environment. They usually judge every person from South Aceh has a “Black Magic”, so never keep in touch or make some trouble with them. Actually, not all of them have some magic or want to hurt us with magic. We also often hear that people from Sigli are stingy. In fact, not always or not all of them are stingy. We even meet someone from other part of Aceh is stingier than the real Sigli. Usually we make some frame or generalisation to some one or community.
Talking about stereotype is an interesting thing to discuss and understand as it goals to avoid misunderstanding about one culture. Stereotype is a simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group. In global example, the cowboy and Indian are American stereotypes. It is like generalization about something or some one. I think it is not good idea to have in our culture because we only judge people by their looks not what really they are. We should know well and find out who are they and why they called as some “negative addressing”.
Therefore, misunderstanding or judging people by some stereotypes could be keep off. Let live in peace! 😀
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