Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 12:15:10 -0500
From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM
Subject: Re: urgent help needed
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 05:14:48 -0500
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
if not, i'd be happy to hear about other studies in which appearance
(i.e., racial/ethnic prejudice) determines the success or failure of
Having lived in Japan as a Japanese-speaking Caucasian, I know lots of
instances. The best one is from a book, though, and I believe it's true:
A Japanese man was dressed up as a clown with a Caucasian woman in the car.
He didn't know how to get somewhere, so he stopped to ask some high school
students. He had a horrible time communicating with them, because they
couldn't speak English and wouldn't even listen.
This stuff happened all the time to me. If I were on the phone, I would be
okay till I had to say my name. Then everything would go to hell. Once,
somebody insisted on getting my personal name and not my company name
(benjamin baretto) about three or four times before I gave up and told him I
wasn't Japanese. Then, as always, there was an uncomfortable silence while
he decided what he wanted to do (ie, give the phone to the person I wanted
to talk to).
I suppose you'll get a lot of letters like this, so I'll stop now.