I found the same thread on the other site though the # answers were limited, bringing me back here to assess a more representative balance in "I feel victimized" vs. "Stop Whining".
Touduke's position is clear - thus I feel more for Deuper and some other longer wielding expats here, downsizing the negativity some have (coming out of personal frustrations ?)
Guess the longer you're on the Wan, the softer and easier-going you get - not perceiving the local behavior as insulting.
I did not found similar responses here as the one below which was IMhumbleO - a far stretch in the Taiwanese context of Microaggressions
...But approaching people or yelling at them just because they look different is just racist
shared on TWease:
Part 1 :
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.
Again, the above solely confirms that we are a (white/black) interesting minority group - attracting local's to behave differently , being curious . Deal with it or put up a non-hostile mask.Either fake an answer, respond in South African but keep your positivity. Don't make an elephant from a mosquito
The best remark I found here was solely questioning yourself :"How thick is your skin ?"
Well, it grows with wisdom age.
I like this debate / discussion. You don't have to agree with me but it does not give you the right throwing micro aggressions towards my thick skin