Someone I know used to complain about being regarded as an anthropological specimen. I had an idea of what he meant, but I didn’t understand why he was angry. Now I have a clearer understanding of the situation.
There will always be perceived notions about what people of a specific culture might be like and what their values are. In some cases those ideas can influence the way those people are treated in situations.
We can only take responsibility for knowing ourselves. Once we’ve done that, we should simply be natural and act accordingly. If others are confused by what they see or hear, then it is up to them to work out what the issues are.
Attention is being invested in the negotiation of perceived notions in the public arena at present. This is probably happening for good reasons.
Is it possible that the energy being expended could be used more productively? Yes, especially if everyone just gets on with being who they know themselves to be.