Here are the lexis and questions for our next discussion group (May 12th, 13th and 18th).
Bias and Prejudice Lexical Set
- Bias: an unfair act based on prejudice
Ex: Don’t make a decision based on bias.
- Development: the state of being developed
Ex: Technology has really advanced human development.
- Discrimination: treatment based on a group instead of an individual
Ex: Hiring a man instead of a woman, if the woman is better at the job, is sexual discrimination.
- Gender: sexual identity
Ex: If women get paid less than men for the same job then there is no gender equality.
- Issue(s): a matter or matters of public concern
Ex: Equality is a very important (public) issue.
- Measure(s): a necessary action or necessary actions
Ex: If a country accumulates too much debt, what measures will have to be taken?
- Prejudice: unreasonable, preconceived ideas or judgments
Ex: Jackie Robinson overcame racial prejudice in America and become one of the most famous baseball players of all time.
- Role(s): expected behavior of an individual based on his or her position in society
Ex: I think my favorite role is being a father.
- Societ(y/ies): all social relationships between people
Ex: People couldn’t survive without the benefits of society.
- Workplace: a place where a person works
Ex: Most people’s workplace is an office.
- Affect: have an influence on
Ex: Our society affects us greatly.
- Combat: struggle against
Ex: We need to combat prejudice in any way we can.
- Discuss: speak with another person or other people about
Ex: I need to discuss this problem with you as soon as possible.
- Exist: continue to be real or true
Ex: It’s hard to believe that slavery still exists in some parts of the world.
- Implement: carry out
Ex: How do you intend to implement this plan?
- Regard: consider in a particular way
Ex: She regards me very kindly.
- Treat: act in a certain manner towards someone
Ex: In Japan, people sometimes treat customers like gods.
- Biased: showing bias
Ex: Action movies often portray men and women in a biased way.
- High(ly): with great admiration or respect
Ex: He thinks very highly of his boss.
- Racial: related to race
Ex: Segregation is an example of racial discrimination.
- Unfair(ly): not justly or evenly
Ex: I don’t appreciate how unfairly you treat me.
- Be (highly) regarded: be considered as someone respectable or admirable
Ex: Celebrities are usually highly regarded in society.
What is prejudice?
Are women and men both highly regarded in Japan? Why or why not?
Are there gender role bias issues in Japan? What are they?
Is there racial discrimination in Japan?
Is there any kind of discrimination in the workplace in Japan? If so, what kind?
What other kinds of prejudice exist in society?
Does prejudice affect the development of a country?
What measures has your government implemented to combat discrimination? Do you think it should? Should it do less or more?
Do you think we need to discuss issues about prejudice? If so, what kind and why? If not, why not?
Why does prejudice exist?
What prejudices or biases do you have?
Let me know if you don’t understand anything! Take care, and hope to see you next week!