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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Reducing Stereotypes

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1

  3. INT - STUDY - DAY

  4. PETER checks his phone notifications.

  5. PETER (V.O.): Here's a Quoran asking a question that I haven't thought about.

  6. We see prints in bold on Peter's phone screen: If tourism comes to a worldwide halt, will it make people fall back to past stereotypes?

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Well, I haven't seen the world in person since March, 2020.

  8. Hands in cheek.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Has tourism cured people's stereotypes in the past?

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But for the travel restrictions, I travel overseas monthly. Some people don't travel abroad; and some won't even leave their village of residence.

  12. Pausing.

  13. PETER (V.O.): A stereotype is an over-generalized belief about a particular group/class of people. An example of stereotypes is when people categorize races/individuals together, and without knowing them, make a judgment about them.

  14. Act 2


  16. Peter surfs the web.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me do some research on social psychology before answering the question.

  18. Reading.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Ah, this conceptual model explains the content of 4 types of stereotypes through the combinations of perceived low-high of (1) Warmth and (2) Competence.

  20. Pausing.

  21. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 1st type: Low-Warmth-Low-Competence eg poor people. My family was in this low-status-competitive category. People outside our category had the contemptuous stereotype towards us.

  22. Recalling.

  23. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In the 1960s, a visiting better-off relative brought us a packet of rotten fruits.

  24. Reading.

  25. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 2nd type: Low-Warmth-High-Competence eg rich people. After decades of struggles, I gradually moved into this high-status-competitive category, relatively speaking. People outside this category had the envious stereotype towards me.

  26. Recalling.

  27. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My former working colleagues in the housing management and land administration sectors seemed envious of my professional status.

  28. Reading.

  29. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 3rd type: High-Warmth-High-Competence eg In-group member. Having taken a leading part in public affairs over a long period, I got the SBS title and was elevated to this high-status-non-competitive category. People wanting such titles might have the admirable stereotype towards me.

  30. Recalling.

  31. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Some people are curious about my SBS title and have asked me how to get one.

  32. Reading.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): 4th type: High-Warmth-Low-Competence eg old people. As a senior citizen, I have now moved into this low-status-non-competitive category. People outside this category might have the paternalistic stereotype towards me.

  34. Pausing.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Fewer young people would compete with me for a priority seat in public transport these days.

  36. Smiling.

  37. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Although I've travelled a lot in the past and learned about other peoples, have my stereotypes left me?



  40. Peter sees his visiting SON bringing some baked pineapple cakes.

  41. SON: Just to share them.

  42. PETER: Why?

  43. SON: I helped make them.

  44. Peter's eyes are wide-open.

  45. PETER: You make cakes?

  46. SON: Why not?

  47. PETER (V.O.): Yes, why not?

  48. They enjoy the cakes together.

  49. PETER: Wow! Just as professional as your work.


  51. Pausing.

  52. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): People, including me, have been enslaving in stereotypes.

  53. Thinking.

  54. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The danger of stereotyping is that it substitutes learning and its incompleteness can cause bias.

  55. Thinking.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): How can I help get rid of the negative stereotype about aging?

  57. Act 3


  59. Pausing.

  60. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Reducing stereotypes should be a collective action. Everybody should make a conscious effort.

  61. Touching his silvery hair.

  62. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): While old people take good health and well-being seriously, the negative stereotype is that aging leads to dependency and incompetence.

  63. Pausing.

  64. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To others, I tell the true story by example. As a senior citizen, I run everyday, sweating healthily. I appear in court, engaging competently. I do voluntary work, sharing wisely.

  65. Pausing.

  66. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Furthermore, I capture and deliver value creatively. My residual value is no less than people younger than me.

  67. Pausing.

  68. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): For my further self-education, I'll visit more countries to learn more true stories about other peoples.

  69. Peter types his answer on the phone.

  70. FADE OUT.

  71. THE END

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