I found an interesting view on that microaggressions article by Gord Sellar in Korea. He bases his article around Highly Sensitive Persons (perhaps as flaky a concept as microaggressions itself, but…) to explain why Mr Arudou and others can have a completely different experience to that of NHSNJ (as it were). His interesting proposition is:
I think what wears down the more sensitive people is their incessant desire to understand why people keep behaving this way.
Very well worth a read.
And on a completely unrelated note, FRANCA Japan really is dead, as it would appear that FRANCA cannot afford or doesn’t want to pay the $10 per
month year to park the URL. I’ve gone through the site and marked my one link to the site as rel="nofollow", just in case.
On another completely unrelated note, Mr Arudou is usually very careful to credit his co-author of the Handbook, but his new blog entry header says "Books etc. by ARUDOU Debito", and features not just the Handbook, but also Sour Strawberries and Fodor’s Japan.