Victims of "Microaggressions"

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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby PigBloodCake » 16 May 2012, 16:56

Indiana wrote:
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headhonchoII wrote:Yes, it is full of foreigners here. That's why I blend in here and why it feels so comfortable to me. The locals only comprise something like 20% of the population! It can't be compared to Taiwan because of that fact alone.

So that means that in reality YOU are the locals and the true locals probably have to endure stupid and boring questions from you guys on a daily basis. :D


Yeah, that's it!!!! :bravo:


Sounds like California to me.

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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby teamblubee » 17 May 2012, 00:46

Guys if you are having a rough time in Asia due to "microagression" I'd say grow up. Your an adult, microagression. Learn some Chinese, if your having microagression issues, like the locals say, "don't think so much."

Learn the game and play, stop making up crazy words. It all goes back in the box at the end.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby Hamletintaiwan » 17 May 2012, 01:31

teamblubee wrote:Guys if you are having a rough time in Asia due to "microagression" I'd say grow up. Your an adult, microagression. Learn some Chinese, if your having microagression issues, like the locals say, "don't think so much."

Learn the game and play, stop making up crazy words. It all goes back in the box at the end.


No, no, no!
If you have a problem with it, don't learn Chinese. Microagression will hit you full force, Macro!

I don't care much about it, but often wish back the time where I didn't understand what's coming out of people's mouth.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby tommy525 » 17 May 2012, 02:48

Its quaint to be microaggressed on. LIke when my cat microaggresses on me when i refuse to get out of bed, by nipping my fingers or a quick claw to the face.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby TheGingerMan » 17 May 2012, 02:54

teamblubee wrote: "don't think so much."

:thumbsdown:
I think not.
stop making up crazy words. It all goes back in the box at the end.

No.
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It all comes out in the end.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby teamblubee » 17 May 2012, 03:15

Hamletintaiwan wrote:
teamblubee wrote:Guys if you are having a rough time in Asia due to "microagression" I'd say grow up. Your an adult, microagression. Learn some Chinese, if your having microagression issues, like the locals say, "don't think so much."

Learn the game and play, stop making up crazy words. It all goes back in the box at the end.


No, no, no!
If you have a problem with it, don't learn Chinese. Microagression will hit you full force, Macro!

I don't care much about it, but often wish back the time where I didn't understand what's coming out of people's mouth.


ha ha that's funny but I like listening to what they say, Its usually stereotypical nonsense. Also most time *I can't speak Chinese* or that's what they think, when they ask me a question I just give them a semi-confused stare and they usually go away. The people who talk crap have the worldview of a gnat. I love it, I've been a national of every African nation, little do they know I'm not from Africa. I love it when they ask me, are you a black guy? "Oh, no I'm not black I'm a white guy" with the most sincere look and voice. It's great!

I mean do you get upset when children ask you strange questions? No way, just take your time and explain it to them, but seeing as they are not kids mix things up a bit, have a laugh.
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Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby headhonchoII » 17 May 2012, 06:32

Have a laugh, you mean have a snore.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby Super Hans » 17 May 2012, 10:04

Guys if you are having a rough time in Asia due to "microagression" I'd say grow up. Your an adult, microagression. Learn some Chinese


Hmmm...when I don't speak Chinese, I am often talked about in a derogatory way, especially in places like traditional markets. I also sometimes get charged higher prices for things, and I know this because it is often suggested to the laoban right in front of my face. Understanding Chinese but not letting on is a revealing insight into how a significant cross section of the locals perceive foreigners.
When idiots shout "heeelllooooh" at me and I choose not to humour them, this often results in expletives being hurled in my direction, and often some of those expletives are in English: Fuck You being the most common. This leads me to believe that the intent of the original interaction was indeed to annoy or garner a response from The Foreigner - a kind of sport if you like, and when this response is not forthcoming, a resort to a more offensive line of approach is used. Singling a person out due to their colour or race for the enjoyment of oneself or others certainly is an act of racism or aggression, benign as it may be.
In arguments and verbal conflicts to do with traffic, negotiations, employment and contracts, I am usually briskly reminded of my status as a foreigner here. In heated debates, I am often told to 'go back to America' or whatever my nationality happens to be that day.
Now none of the above particularly bother me, as it is all part of the experience of living in a place I choose to live in which is not my home. But for the purpose of this thread I disagree with many posters here who pass off this micro-aggression business as totally harmless. I agree that the majority of encounters are just people being curious or trying to make conversation or be hospitable and accommodating, and in comparison to many other countries, life as a foreigner here is pretty easy. But there is also a noticeable bunch of people here on this island who can be quite vicious and discriminatory, and these people surface at regular intervals - at least in my case, so it is understandable that some foreigners here have a hard time dealing with it.
Every person has their own perception of how things are, and that perception is important to any given individual. What doesn't bother me bother's somebody else, and that's why I think it is important to acknowledge how certain posters here feel about micro-aggressions and cut them some slack. Learning how to deal with this kind of thing can be a long process for some people, and often the negativity of such things can be exaggerated and influenced by other things that are going on in their lives.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby touduke » 17 May 2012, 10:16

I agree that the majority of encounters are just people being curious or trying to make conversation or be hospitable and accommodating, and in comparison to many other countries, life as a foreigner here is pretty easy.


that's the only sentence I do not completely agree with in this good post.
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Re: Victims of "Microaggressions"

Postby ceevee369 » 17 May 2012, 10:51

touduke wrote:
I agree that the majority of encounters are just people being curious or trying to make conversation or be hospitable and accommodating, and in comparison to many other countries, life as a foreigner here is pretty easy.


that's the only sentence I do not completely agree with in this good post.


Which part of the sentence is it you don't agree on " completely" ?
Didn't I point out to the same on which you seemed to have major issues few days ago?
I still believe your perceptions of microgressions must come out of personal frustrations. Who is stopping you to create the sticky rant page anyway? Go for it if it helps you venting anger. Some will support you and others will say " get a life".
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