Celebrating Culture/Unpacking Stereotypes



    Schedule: https://statemuseum.arizona.edu/events/community-gathering?fbclid=IwAR1wQ1gOOOm_raseVdznuugshXsLGmrkpV5RdTEJGKEcjvRnG4azjiFh1ns

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Interesting exhibit on racial and religious stereotypes at ASM, especially the items on display on first floor negatively depicting Mexican and Black Americans. We dropped into 2 lectures, one on anti-seminitism by Josie Shapiro of Tucson Jewish Museum, which questioned whether Jews are white people, and she said that they only enjoy “temporal white privilege”(can be taken away). White nationalism draws on historic lineage of anti-semiticism, and conspiracies of those who believe that “white genocide is to save the white race”. No time for questions. Then 2nd lecture by Psychology Prof. Jeff Stone was on implicit bias in higher ed and medical interviews by doctors. The speaker said that implicit bias can occur nonconsciously, but can be measured. Nonverbal behavior can tell a lot, but bias can be reduced by consciously changing associations to override this bias, to learn to be fair & egalitarian. Think of opposites of the stereotypes you may have, learn to see world from other perspectives. This event was like a mini-day of Tucson Meet Yourself, but with stronger message of challenging racial stereotypes and promoting culture of diverse communities.

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