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Thread #70107   Message #1195470
Posted By: Kim C
27-May-04 - 08:00 PM
Thread Name: BS: Falsehoods About Arabs Used by DoD
Subject: RE: BS: Falsehoods About Arabs Used by DoD
Thanks SRS. That's good information.

I guess this all begs the question, then, how does one learn about another culture? Don't generalizations play into that somehow? I mean, if we say something like, most people in Arab countries are Muslim - is that true or not? And if so, is it offensive to make that generalization? When we talk about cultural habits, such as the proper way to greet someone, the proper way to act at table in a particular country - are those not generalizations too?

What sort of generalizations are acceptable, and which are not?