What is it about?
Ethnic Chinese preschoolers belonging to the racial majority in Singapore showed implicit racial bias, by being faster to match positive attributes with Chinese faces and negative attributes with Indian faces, as well as explicit racial bias, by choosing Chinese over Indian adults for desirable jobs in their social environment. In contrast, ethnic Indian preschoolers belonging to the racial minority in Singapore did not show either form of bias. Overall, children who were more accurate at assigning racial labels to Chinese and Indian faces, showed greater implicit bias in favor of their own race.
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Why is it important?
These findings suggest that racial bias (a) emerges from an early age, (b) exists even in a multicultural society that institutionalizes racial equality, and (c) is predicted by the use of racial categories. Multicultural education should therefore begin at the preschools, and multicultural programs should de-emphasize the use of racial labels to characterize people in our social world.
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This page is a summary of: Racial Categorization Predicts Implicit Racial Bias in Preschool Children, Child Development, June 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12851.
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