Effect of collectivistic cultural imperatives on Asian American meta-stereotypes

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The present study explored self-perceptions and meta-stereotypes along two dimensions, individuation and sociability, within a sample of Asian American and European American students. For both ethnic groups, meta-stereotypes in dimensions of individuation and sociability appear to be exaggerated forms of self-perceptions along these dimensions. Both Asian and European Americans distinguish between self-perceptions of sociability and individuation, showing that sociability and individuation are two independent constructs. Asian Americans, however, perceived that others who expect a certain level of sociability from their ethnic group would also expect the same level of individuation. Implications of these findings for the perpetuation of Asian stereotypes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-276
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Asian Americans
  • Culture
  • Individuation
  • Stereotype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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