The Effects of Disney on Student’s Perception of Different Cultures
By Andreia Queiroz Santos A Figueiredo, Angela Lin, Anna Chanduvi-Kozlova, Lorenzo Shaw-Graham, Michael Haupt, Olivia Birchmeier, Sam Yuen, and Simar Singh.
The implications of Disney portraying its unique, but not entirely accurate view of the world could result in millions of people having strong or even grave misunderstandings of cultures other than their own. An online survey discussing three Disney movies: Tarzan, Mulan and Pocahontas, asked participants how they think the portrayal of these cultures has influenced their views on those cultures. According to the survey results, it was found that (1) there is no correlation between a person’s country of origin and their perceptions of other countries and cultures, however (2) there is evidence that there is a correlation between people’s perception of these places across cultures. Further implications of these findings are that Disney’s inaccurate cultural portrayals can skew viewer’s perceptions of cultures not their own.