“People are too diverse. However, there are two main categories, and there are also racialized characteristics.” says writer Jonui Song

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Are there racialized traits that are created by geographic habitus, and are there traits that are internalized?

One of the most popular theories of race-specific traits is Allen’s Rule. This theory explains why, in general, individuals of the same species, or closely related species, tend to have shorter ears, mouths, legs, and wing-tail protrusions in colder regions. This is a theory with strong ecogeographic rules.

Song argues that in addition to the outward differences between races, there must also be inward differences in personality, which he says can be categorized into two broad categories based on human traits. “Some people are calm and mild-mannered, while others are short and hot-tempered. Of course, there are many more people who fall in the middle, but there are also people who are polarized. Socially successful people are more likely to be mild and calm.” says Song. Truity.com, a personality survey site, surveyed more than 12,000 people in all 50 states about their personality, including openness, agreeableness, neuroticism, planning, and agreeableness. The study found that citizens in the Mid-South and South, and the Northeast and East Coast states have different personalities and temperaments. Song argues that these traits of personality and temperament have a lot to do with choosing and holding a job.

 

The ethnic characteristics of a country greatly influence its cultural development

Based on his theory, Song argues that there is a biological, genetic, and geographical character of a country’s race, which greatly affects its cultural development. “Koreans are mild-mannered and creative. Recently, Korean ingenuity has been recognized in the world. K-Pop, K-Drama, and K-Food have become very original items in the world and are very popular. Japanese people, on the other hand, pay a lot of attention to small things. They are always cautious, thinking that their smallest actions can cause damage to others. And they always look out for others and try not to cause any small harm. Interestingly, “Chinese don’t pay much attention to small things. They’re bold in a way, and they don’t get too involved in the big and small things that happen around them. They love and care about art, so it’s the best country to make money from art.” says Song. Song also claims that Mongolians are quick to notice, while Arabs are quite aggressive, with emphasis and exaggeration being the norm.

 

Racialized traits exist, but they are by no means a sign of racial superiority.

Song argues for racial characteristics, but draws the line at saying that this does not mean there is racial superiority. “There are obvious differences in personality, taste, and temperament between people. For a long time, people have been trying to define and formalize these differences. Examples of this are the MBTI, a personality typing test that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. There are many more people who believe that people have different personalities and temperaments, and that there are racial traits as well. However, this should never be used as a justification for the superiority of a particular race or for acts such as past colonization.” says Song.


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