Matthew Li

Student
Melbourne, Australia

About Matthew

An idea worth spreading

With my very inexperienced life all I can think of is that the best thing to aim for in life is to be happy and do your best to influence others in a positive manner, that's especially the children of the world, like I'm trying to do with my awesome nephew.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about topics about psychology, health and education. I'm inspired by stories of other people from around the world, and fascinated by factors that influence the people we become.

Talk to me about

Psychology, education and public health

People don't know I'm good at

Volleyball

Comments & conversations

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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
I wanted to thank everyone that has contributed this this debate or discussion so far, i know that this debate does continue for a few more hours. I have read everyone's comments and i think i have a better perspective on the issue of racism, then before i started this debate. I did my best to respond to most of the Tedsters who have commented, if i have missed you i am sorry, but thats mainly because this is my first TED conversation i have started and i didnt think that so many people would have commented. Overall with the comments so far i think that most people believe racism can be eliminated, but with a lot of changes and adjustments into the factors that influence racism, as well as giving it time. So i hope you guys keep on debating this topic and really learn from and understand other people's perceptions on this issue.
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
If everyone was to look alike and speak the same language it would be a very boring world to live in. And i hope we wont end up in a world where everyone is similar, it would be like living in a world of robots, were everyone was programmed the same
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Thanks Chris i didnt know that about stereotyping i thought that stereotyping could be like prejudice, making it possible to voluntary rid our mind of common stereotypes. If we began recognizing that everyone is an individual and that no two people are alike will we then be able to get rid of these fast judgement?
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Thanks to both you guys for your input to this discussion, this debate with you two was very in-depth. I like how you guys include DNA and genetics into this discussion its given me another perceptive into reason and factors of racism.
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Thanks for your contribution to this discussion Robert, i see from your comment there are a lot of factors that influence racism and even though you think racism cannot be eliminated, if we continue to mitigate some factors that contribute to racism then hopefully in the future we can say that racism has been eliminated.
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Just a sidenote i love the FineBrothers, and yes their experiment with this was really cool to see. Good to see children dont have that prejudice. Thanks for sharing this Juliette, and thanks for the other guys that contributed to this discussion
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Yes there are ways to reduce prejudice, as you said the only way to do it is to surround ourselves with people of that specific background or with just more multicultural people to see them as individuals instead of grouping them into a category. I think in psychological terms its inter-group contact and sustained contain, etc
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
Can racism truly be eliminated?
Thank you Carolyn for sharing your story to us, i cannot imagine what you are going through. I do hope he will have a change of heart someday and see the people for who they really are instead of as you said false models of history.
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Matthew Li
Posted almost 2 years ago
How do you balance living practically, with reaching for your dreams? How much does material gain matter, realistically?
As another teenager, I understand your situation where you are bombarded with people asking what you want to do when you grow up and people going down the traditional path of university and then high paying job then set for life. When people ask me what I want to do when I grow up, I just reply with "i want to do something that makes me happy no matter if it's a job or a hobby". Might be hard to convince the family because all they want is the best life you can have, but in some cases you just have to trust your gut and hope it lead you down the right path in the end. So im just another person in your shoes that might be heading in the direction of the leap, I know there will be some hardships, but that's just another part of the journey. Good luck!! Hope this helped :)