Experiences With Stereotype Threat
I've only recently experienced stereotype threat in my previous profession as a teacher. There really aren't that many asian teachers in the U.S. with the majority teaching a foreign language. I've discussed it with colleagues in the past, with a few skeptical of my abilities in a classroom due to a perceived passivity among my culture. Quite frankly, I believe stereotype threat is racism, and personally I welcome the opportunity to show others through my actions a different perspective on my culture. I think confronting it head on in a debate is not productive, as it could come off as very confrontational, which can be perceived as a confirmation of sorts. If I do suspect someone else is feeling it, I would offer the individual a welcoming ear to vent.