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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose – early 20th century microaggression

In the San Francisco Call newspaper, 24th September 1910, there was a rather entertaining tale of a gaijin manhandling a “little brown [‘yellow’ surely?] trainboy” for looking funny at his wife. I present the conclusion, but note I might have made a small mistake or two:

But he is going to have his revenge. He is going back to Hawaii, where he will write a Japan Times column advising tourists to stay away from Japan, telling them that they can not place any faith in weeaboos’ alluring descriptions or any reliance on the Japanese brand of civilization.

Further entertainment and a tidied-up transcription may be found on reddit.


I flew back yesterday on Emirates, and in the cabin when they hand out landing cards, they ask everyone in English who is not Japanese-looking if they are Japanese or not before handing out the form.

Japanese-looking people don’t get asked, however.

More microaggressive airlines

Remember microaggression? I wish I didn’t, but once again it rears its ugly head in the airline world, and this time it is Air Canada who put the boot in. I get on the plane from Narita to Vancouver, and the air waitress says "Welcome home!"

To compound the issue, the Japanese person in the seat beside is watching a movie featuring a Japanese person with an afro!

The in-flight beer (Molson) is nice and cold, however, so I think I’ll forgive them this time.

Jumbo jet, micro aggression. And some other stuff

Sorry for the lack of appearance over the last week, but I was busy being micro-aggressed to Europe and back. It’s quite amazing that if you look for it even on international aeroplane travel (where they have many decades of handling people from all corners of the world) you can quite happily find many, many things to ascribe to "microaggression". For instance, even the simple act of greeting you at the final boarding gate, they base their おはよう/Good Morning/whatever it is in Dutch based on your passport, not their or the country’s language, and even the Dutch get microaggressed entering their home airline as the cabin crew seem to use only English or Japanese depending on face colour.

It seems Debito.org needs Tepido.org/Japologism.com as The Other to keep them from eating each other, as this totally overblown thread seems to suggest. I’m waiting for Hoofin’ to weigh in…

I’m wondering if our favourite journalist returned to Japan only on a temporary visa to just give him time to collect his stuff before bidding farewell for five years? You may remember when I mentioned Oishiislurper on Tepido.org; he appears to have received a temporary landing permit to tidy up his affairs, so I wonder if Christopher Johnson got the same?

Guestistical microaggression

The microaggression bun fight continues in the Daily Yomiuri, with a well-written piece from Mike Guest, which of course would not be complete without a little trolling:

Poor strategic competence partially accounts for the behavior but there is another explanation–familiar to everyone with a background in linguistics (which the now Hawaii-based Arudou doesn’t have).