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11-16-2007 08:13 PM
Black Adam
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

One from Scrubs:
Q:What's the thing you should be aware of when you take out either A Black Girl or a White girl?
A: When the black girl asks whether her ass is too big you should answer "Hell yeah Baby" whereas for the white Chick you should tell her she looks pencil thin.
11-16-2007 06:06 PM
bokehlicious
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Originally Posted by vucina View Post
Most of those "Serbians" are in fact Albanians from Kosovo and Gypsies.There aren't many Serbs in Switzerland.But I guess it's easier for you to call them Serbians.Politicly correct,too.No one would mind if you call Serb a murderer,thief or rapist.
Well, few confuse the Serbs with Albanians... There was a lot of Albanians from Kosovo who came in Switzerland as refugees during the war... It took some time for them to be well integrated but now those who've stayed are integrated. In the 60's we had Italian immigrents, in the 70's Spanish's and more recently the ex-Yougoslavien. I don't see any problem with that.
11-16-2007 06:03 PM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

Swiss know the different ethnic groups, and yes there are many Kosovars in Switzerland. However, there are many Serbs as well. In the media, they often distinguish between Croat, Kosovar and Serb (and others). So no, I don't think it is a large scale mix up of not knowing who is who.

And yes, there are stereotypes about all of the immigrant groups. I guess this is true everywhere. In the US, there are stereotypes about immigrants from Africa, from Asia, from Latin America. These stereotypes are not always in a positive light.
11-16-2007 05:57 PM
vucina
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

Most of those "Serbians" are in fact Albanians from Kosovo and Gypsies.There aren't many Serbs in Switzerland.But I guess it's easier for you to call them Serbians.Politicly correct,too.No one would mind if you call Serb a murderer,thief or rapist.
11-16-2007 05:50 PM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Originally Posted by JMPower View Post
I guess you misunderstood what I was trying to say

You said:
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What's the kind of stereotypes you're referring to? (don't mind zeke, he never ventures in non-tennis ).

I said, that I would answer this in PM
11-16-2007 05:46 PM
bokehlicious
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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I will PM you for my safety.
I guess you misunderstood what I was trying to say
11-16-2007 03:40 PM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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I visited Switzerland this summer and as a Tamil myself, it was the only place were my cousin and I experienced racism throughout our Europe trip. (It was in Zurich btw)
That's really unfortunate. Well there are all kinds of people in Switzerland and the farmers who have lived generations in the mountains have so so rarely seen foreigners and are extremely suspicious of them (they are suspicious even of the native Swiss who venture up into their meadows sometimes).

About your experience, well even though the Tamils are regarded so well ultimately some just view them as foreigners and so they are sometimes judged/lumped with all foreigners.
11-16-2007 03:35 PM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Well, both I don't feel those stereotypes about Serbs and Turks actually, years back the stereotypes were more about other ex-Yugoslavian ethno groups such as Albanians from Kosovo or Macedonians... But these days those guys are well integrated. What's the kind of stereotypes you're referring to? (don't mind zeke, he never ventures in non-tennis ).

Regarding Tamils I guess it's the case in Bern, there aren't many of them where I live so can't really comment...
I will PM you for my safety.
11-16-2007 03:04 PM
artlinkletter
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

I visited Switzerland this summer and as a Tamil myself, it was the only place were my cousin and I experienced racism throughout our Europe trip. (It was in Zurich btw)
11-16-2007 07:52 AM
bokehlicious
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Originally Posted by R.Federer View Post
Eh? about which -- Tamils or Serbs?

Where in Switzerland do you live? Are there any Tamils there? In Berne, there are many. Many, many. This topic (not about Tamils in particular, but the different types of foreigners in Berne) comes up frequently amongst so many people -- I'll try to dig up something in print for you, I mean a link.

You surprise me -- do you live in a small village with few foreigners?
Well, both I don't feel those stereotypes about Serbs and Turks actually, years back the stereotypes were more about other ex-Yugoslavian ethno groups such as Albanians from Kosovo or Macedonians... But these days those guys are well integrated. What's the kind of stereotypes you're referring to? (don't mind zeke, he never ventures in non-tennis ).

Regarding Tamils I guess it's the case in Bern, there aren't many of them where I live so can't really comment...

I live in Lausanne but travel across Switzerland throughout the year so no, I'm not stuck in an old Alpin village
11-16-2007 07:18 AM
Magenta
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Originally Posted by PMK is Innocent View Post
I mean there are probably 400 000 Turks in Switzerland, so that helps their vote. The Serbs rig the voting
They do!
But don't deny you wouldn't vote for yourself if you could too.
I don't think the ex-Yugoslav voting block is cheating though.

Serbs know the stereotypes about themselves in Switzerland, and because of the circumstances from which they came from the stereotypes are not doubt true - having said, I have no doubt they're hard working people.
11-16-2007 07:16 AM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

JMP, here you go

http://www.swissinfo.org/eng/swissin...=1140784868000
11-16-2007 07:08 AM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Originally Posted by JMPower View Post
Eh? about which -- Tamils or Serbs?

Where in Switzerland do you live? Are there any Tamils there? In Berne, there are many. Many, many. This topic (not about Tamils in particular, but the different types of foreigners in Berne) comes up frequently amongst so many people -- I'll try to dig up something in print for you, I mean a link.

You surprise me -- do you live in a small village with few foreigners?
11-16-2007 07:03 AM
bokehlicious
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

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Originally Posted by R.Federer View Post
In Switzerland there are some wild stereotypes about Serbs and Turks. But if I repeat them here, Ezekiel will crawl out of nowhere and hound this thread.

There are also some very positive stereotypes about the Tamil refugees-- they are considered to be very clean, very honest, very hardworking, and do their own work and live their lives trying to integrate into Swiss society without forcing their religion and cultures into their new country. They are truly beloved.
11-16-2007 06:50 AM
R.Federer
Re: Laughing at National and Regional Stereotypes

I have some friends of Indian origin in Vevey who contributed these:

Indians, well they either emigrated to the US and work in Silicon Valley or they stayed back in India and work in a call center.
Somewhere in each backyard is an elephant.
There are no toilets in India, anywhere.
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