Denying the validity of those feelings is the first step towards repressing and losing touch with your emotions, and becoming a neurotic psycho that beats his wife and kids and then buries a couple of deliverymen in your backyard. I'd rather hear a few people microwank their troubles away on forumosa.
In my Mandarin Chinese class at University, my teacher, who is from China, wrote the character for ‘banana’ on the board. Then she pointed to my friend Tania, who is ethnically Chinese but born here and whose family is from Mauritius, and said Tania is like a banana because she’s yellow on the outside… you get it.
Tania left the room and later dropped out of the class. The teacher was flabbergasted.
“The gay couple who moved in next door are not as comically flamboyant as the gay people on TV. It’s like they’re not even trying.”
“You don’t sound Chinese to me.”
Photographer to me, as I get ready for my senior portrait.
touduke wrote:I think it's a good idea to have a sticky thread in which people can post their microaggression-stories. Best would be to exclude ridiculing spam or patronizing banter as well.
-...But approaching people or yelling at them just because they look different is just racist
What (majority/minority) tend to call micro aggressions (on the other site) are by far non-intentional and non-harmfull.
- Kids whom are brave enough to shout "Hello" : merely trying to let the foreigner in the proximity he/she learns English
- The taxi-driver, asking from where you are (merely trying to show he is educated and knows more about the world than the small lane in Taipei you are heading too)
- The business guy, (mis)using the nearby sitting xxx throwing in a Kampei (merely expressing his social open kindness -mindness)
Yet- majority of micraggressions can be turned into compliments. If you see evil in any social "give me attention" attitude of locals, you should re-think your role in the society in that (this) country: You're the host's guest- and for that you are special- attracting people whom would never be bold enough to walk of their predetermined local behavior path.
touduke wrote:I think it's a good idea to have a sticky thread in which people can post their microaggression-stories.
I'm just glad its not part of my life. Sounds to me like it must a real downer.
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