[quote=“mod lang”]Getting upset over Chinese eating dogs and turning around and stuffing your face with bacon - that would be ethnocentric.
Getting upset because kids get beaten by their parents for turning in a less than perfect report card - that’s not ethnocentrism, that’s basic human decency.
Some things are and should be universal. Basic human rights, for instance. Lots of other things aren’t. Learn how to tell the difference.[/quote]
Everyone is going to feel their own culture is better in some ways, but that is less due to ethnocentrism than environment. You were brought up with certain ideas, customs, behaviors, etc… being the norm. Seeing people do something a different way makes you uncomfortable, because their way is unfamiliar. As humans, we tend to like things that are familiar. It is when you take that uncomfortableness (is that a word?) to the extreme (the fear or hatred of something different) that it turns into discrimination and/or ethnocentrism.
But, as mod lang says, you need to figure out how to distinguish between cultural differences (which you should accept and, maybe, even explore the reasons behind) and human rights violations (which you shouldn’t).