…that where English is spoken, a European accent is considered cute while an Asian accent is deemed annoying?
Maybe I’m wrong, but that seems to be the vibe I get from popular media. And being an Asian, I find it hard to stay neutral when hearing all that. Nope, no one’s said any thing nasty to my face. Yet. Although behind my back, it could be a different story. I have a slight accent which is not always discernible, and which changes a little depending on whom I’m talking to.
Anyway, back to the main question. I’d like to know, if it is purely acoustic — like how a baby’s laughter is obviously more pleasant to the ears than fingernails scratching on plaster. Or does it in fact stem from prejudicial roots which still perceive — albeit subconsciously — certain ethnic groups as lowlier than others? And as an accent is connected to a race, a voice attached to a face, how we hear someone is inevitably influenced by how we view them?