Campus Free Speech

University of Minnesota Food Service Worker Says 'Hello' in Japanese to Asian-American Student, Who Files a Bias Report

"These type of microaggressions occur too often on campus."

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A University of Minnesota employee working at a restaurant in the student union building made the mistake of saying "hello" in Japanese to an Asian-American student. This confused the student, so the female service worker—whether or not she was Japanese is unknown—asked the student where they were from.

The student reported this brief exchange to the campus's bias response team, according to an eye-rolling report by The College Fix:

The student reported the cashier to the campus Bias Response and Referral Network, claiming "these type of microaggressions occur too often on campus" and "this implicit bias needs to be addressed."

The bias team then referred the incident to dining services and referred the complaining student to the campus "Ethical Advocate Program" in case they "want to talk further about the experience."

That according to a bias incident report recently obtained by The College Fix through a public records act request. In sum, a total of 51 total reports were filed with the university in the fall 2018 semester. The documents provided by the University of Minnesota have all personal identifying information redacted.

At least 17 of the 51 reports were generated in response to the activities of the College Republicans, who put up a display—with the administration's permission—that said things like "Trump 2020" and "Make the U Great Again."

It does not appear that punitive actions were taken against the food service worker, College Republicans, other students, and even professors who were accused of biased behavior in the 2018 school year. But perhaps Minnesota and the many other university campuses that provide activist students with this tool for monitoring and reporting trivial slights might consider eliminating it altogether.

The origins of the student war on microaggressions is explained in my book, Panic Attack; Young Radicals in the Age of Trump, which was released today. You can order it here, and watch me discuss it on Fox & Friends here.

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  1. >>>”these type of microaggressions occur too often on campus”

    how’bout hey fuck you.

    1. Damn it, you be me to it,

    2. I have a feeling “fuck you” as a greeting would injure the feelings of all the incels because it would remind them that the only sex they have is solo.

      The safest thing is to avoid speaking to them at all.

      1. “Go fuck yourself”? I guess that’s just as bad for the incels.

        1. “Go fuck a toaster” – then the incels won’t think you’re picking on them.

          1. But then I’ll be mad because you had them waste a perfectly good toasted.

            I hate untoasted english muffins 🙁

      2. i like to talk to everybody so the utes get freaked when i say hello in the elevator or try to hold a door open for someone … i figure they need to learn to deal w/humanity

        1. So agree.

        2. Microaggression! How do you know they are Utes? They could be Oglala you privileged oppressor!

    3. Is ‘how about you just ring up my food, Mr. Roboto?’ an appropriate response to ‘konnichiwa’ in Minnesota? ‘Fuck you’ is just so NY City.

      1. New York’s alright if you like saxophones.

        1. If you like homosexuals

          1. hey nobody ever gets that. +1 let’s have a war.

            1. *Great* freakin song.

              Nothing more to add.

            2. I got it too! Great band.

          2. If you wanna get pushed in front of the subway!

            1. If you wanna get mugged or murdered

        2. Beef Bologna!!

    4. He should have said “herro.”

      1. Beat me to it.

      2. Herro shima

      3. You are so fucking RACIST!!!11111eleventytwo CMB/W I seriously think backward redneck bigots like you are ruining these comments!!!!1!1!1!11onehundredeleventhousandonehundredelevenoneoneoneoneoneoneoneoneoneoneoneichiichiichiichiichiichinisanyongo

    5. Yeah this little self-righteous shit is gong to have a very rude awakening when he leaves the safe space of college and has to deal with the real world.

    6. Typical Minnesota Progressive (Communism without, for now, the death camps) bullshit. Thank the LORD I no longer live in MN, land of lying bosses who fire me for NOT lying to clients (Gordon Anderson of CH Robinson).

  2. “At least 17 of the 51 reports were generated in response to the activities of the College Republicans, who put up a display—with the administration’s permission—that said things like ‘Trump 2020’ and ‘Make the U Great Again.'”

    If hate speech like “Trump 2020” is permitted (see Reason contributor Noah Berlatsky on why it shouldn’t be), then I’m glad students in the progressive / libertarian alliance have a way to fight back.

    #LibertariansForBiasResponseTeams
    #BringBackBerlatsky

    1. This is precisely why we will have hate speech laws only after every real American is dead. It is only a matter of time before someone will declare that supporting an opponent’s political campaign is hateful.

      And y’all, I know that this guy’s a troll. I’m just raising a point

      1. What do you mean “only a matter of time”? Folks have been declaring that supporting Trump’s campaign is hateful for several years now.

        1. I mean someone with power. Someone who can do something. Someone who will attack someone the way Marine Le Pen has been arrested, in a transparently political prosecution that violates I don’t know HOW many fundamental principles of democracy and the constitutions of both France and the European Union.

      2. It is truly sad how the passing of generations that actually support freedom will in fact be the death of many types of freedom.

  3. “microaggressions”

    Saying hello to someone in the wrong language is considered a type of aggression to these people. That is xenophobic at the very least. A crazy hillbilly would fit right in on a modern college campus.

  4. So is English the only woke-approved language now? Doesn’t that sound a little… Eurocentric?!

    1. Eurocentrism is very progressive, though, yes?! Deliberately conflate Europe, it’s geographically constituent countries, and the European Union, and then say that anyone who wants to leave “Europe” is racist and bad. Garbage Island is finding it hard to actually leave the EU.

  5. Wow, talk about your first world problems! If being greeted in the wrong language is the most blatant form of “aggression” this person ever experiences in his life, he will be extremely fortunate. This kid needs a reality check.

    1. And a punch in the gonads.

      1. And maybe 3 or 8 beers and maybe they’d lighten up a lil bit and not be such a c*#^.

  6. The problem might be assuming the person was Japanese. A person from China can get pretty offended when you do that.

    1. And this is a problem because…?

      A few times when visiting Europe, I was addressed in German. Being recognized as a tourist but mistaken for a German one was mildly amusing, not insulting. But I guess if you’re irrational and psychotic, there’s no telling what can set you off.

      1. Well, the Chinese are still a little sore about that whole brutal conquest and occupation thing.

        1. Yeah, and the Germans were perpetrating some conquest and brutal occupations of their own—right around the same time as the Japanese.

          Still, I didn’t get hurt simply because I was mistake for a German tourist.

          1. It’s an observation about how things are, not how reasonable or consistent they are. Europe has largely forgiven Germany. That’s not the case with Japan and some other East Asian countries.

            1. This is true, but I have met some older Europeans who are distrustful of the Germans.

              1. When exactly have the Germans ever been trustworthy?

                1. They’re trustworthy… You just want them on your side when the killing starts! See 7 Years War for example.

          2. You clearly lack sensitivity. Off to the training camp for you. We will beat any reasonability out.

        2. A dirty Chinaman ought to be joyful that some round eye would mistake them for an infinitely superior Japanese person. 🙂

    2. While I get your point, that is definitely not the problem.

  7. I have a friend that liked saying konnichiwa to cute Asian girls when they walked by. One day he did that and the girl turned around and yelled ‘I’m fucking Chinese you idiot!’

    1. gotta be armed w/chinese insult for the situation

      1. I thought it was funny.

      2. or Korean

        1. Or Sri Lankan

    2. “Picky, aren’t you? I’ll fuck any race.”

      1. Keep it civil like this Hihn and you’ll be fine.

    3. What’s the matter? Just because you’re Chinese means you can’t speak Japanese? Who’s the fucking idiot?

      1. Try some Esperanto

    4. Honestly, who the hell can tell them apart anyway? Maybe somebody who lived in Asia for a long time. People can usually tell if somebody is from Southeast Asia, as they’re different looking enough… But Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Too close. It’s like how anybody with brains can tell a Greek from a German, but would have a tough time telling a German from a Dane.

  8. On the other hand, refusing to speak to the asian appearing idiot would be racism?
    Is work so hard to come by that people actually seek employment in a fascist based institution like a college?

  9. Whatever you do, don’t say “hello” to a Chinese person in Japanese.

    1. Don’t call a Puerto Rican a Dominican or vice versa either.

      1. Never be rude to an Arab
        An Israeli, or Saudi, or Jew…

        1. A Spic, a Wop, or a Kraut . . .

      2. Definitely don’t call a Dominican a Mexican…

        1. Always found it amusing what lengths people from Dominica will go to to let you know that they have nothing to do with the DR.

    2. And don’t say “hello” to an SJW in any language, or it’s rape, or something.

  10. I grew up in Pasadena, have a Japanese brother-in-law and ate sushi at the O-bon festival before I was in kindergarten.
    When saying hello to a Japanese, tell them where you are from.
    Say “Ohio.”

    1. Why must I say I’m from Ohio when I’m from Milan?

    2. You wouldn’t use “ohio” past noon. *eyeroll*

    3. I like to speak slowly and loudly to my Canadian friends. Because you’re supposed to be slowly and loudly to foreigners…

      1. Doubly so when they are Canadians.

  11. I can see how it might get annoying if people are always assuming that you are a foreign student and not an American because of your appearance.
    But that’s hardly a reason to bring in some sort of Spanish Inquisition. Life is full of annoying bullshit. Get used to it.

    1. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

      1. “Our chief weapon is surprise, fear and surprise; two chief weapons, fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency! Er, among our chief weapons are: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and near fanatical devotion to the Pope! Um, I’ll come in again…”

      2. +1 comfy chair

    2. “I can see how it might get annoying if people are always assuming that you are a foreign student and not an American because of your appearance.”

      Zeb, yesterday “I’m no equivocator!!!”

    3. It’s not their fault they’re a friggin’ tiny minority group that mostly only immigrated since 1965…

  12. But perhaps Minnesota and the many other university campuses that provide activist students with this tool for monitoring and reporting trivial slights might consider eliminating it altogether.

    Get rid of the university suggestion box that apparently doubles as a trash can? The tantrums have to go somewhere.

  13. the female service worker—whether or not she was Japanese is unknown.

    If the interchange was reported accurately by the student and the greeting was unsolicited, I suspect the student was displaying something fairly unique to Japanese culture to which the worker was reacting. The student is clearly guilty of cultural appropriation and should be shamed accordingly.

  14. Robby’s really hyping his book. I heard that if he doesn’t make the NYT bestseller list, Gillespie’s going to shave Robby’s head.

    1. It’s because The Jacket hates hair. The Jacket only accepts completely hairless bodies for sustenance, otherwise Nick gets the acid secretions again.

      1. God a Gillespie jacket joke. Lazy AND boring.

    2. Big deal his hair is meh. It’s only something to jealous old bald dudes.

  15. “These type of microaggressions occur too often on campus.”

    How true that is.

  16. Huh, so people tend to get upset if you make assumptions about them based on superficial characteristics.

    I agree it’s silly to turn it into some disciplinary action, but I also understand how someone can get upset over it.

    1. Well yeah you’re a bitchy queen who wants to import racists. Stupid shit makes sense to you.

    2. And that’s why you’re a leftist that would gladly hand over your rights rather than piss off a progressive

    3. You would say that you homo.

      Should I have got upset every time in my life people asked me what I was? Asked if I was Italian, when I’m not? Should I have loudly screeched at them that I have tan skin because of my native American blood?

      STFU. People need to man up and stop acting like such little girls.

  17. It offends me when the wait staff at Mexican restaurants say, “Are you sure?” when I ask for the extra spicy version of something.

    Fuck that anti-gringo microaggressing!

    1. LOL. A few years back we hosted an Ecuadorian exchange student. The waitstaff at the local Mexican place always looked at him funny when he, ordering Spanish, asked that there be no spice. We had to remind them he was South American a few times until they finally remembered him.

      1. Sooo Ecuadorean food sucks then?

    2. Or getting forked at an Asian restaurant. #whiteguysusechopstickstoo

  18. Clearly the only appropriate language for addressing college students in a university restaurant is Baby Talk.

  19. and asked where the student was from.

    “Wisconsin,” the student replied.

    Oh! Must be Hmong then.

  20. The kitchen worker should have said hello in Chinese instead of Japanese.
    Doesn’t this racist pig know the difference between a Chinese person and a Japanese person on sight?
    When will racism end in this country?

    1. We are all equal but it’s important to know I am different.

  21. That College Fix article has lots of good shit in it:

    A student reported another student for allegedly “staring at them in a departmental lounge based on their gender identity.” The complaint was forwarded to the school’s Office for Community Standards.

    What the hell’s going on down there?

    1. Sooo a very NON passable tranny then? I try to avoid looking at them mostly myself, since they’re gross.

  22. Great comments from replacement-in-progress snowflakes who get triggered by ‘press 1 for English’ or by someone speaking a different language for 20 seconds at a Denny’s . . .

    Carry on, clingers.

    1. It’s weird how much other people trigger you.

      1. It’s weird how much other people trigger you.

        You’re being generous in the assumption that these other people exist.

        With any given post, I half expect the good Reverend to put up a link to a list of political enemies and fake libertarians compiled from these forums.

    2. “Those people were just jibber jabbering the whole time they were in line. Don’t they know this is ‘Murica? I’m going to go report them to the Bias Response Team! Praise Trump.”

      Seriously, that’s the kind of microaggression that I’m used to. Happened all the time where I grew up. And it’s far more hateful than innocently assuming someone is from Japan.

      1. “Those people were just jibber jabbering the whole time they were in line. Don’t they know this is ‘Murica? I’m going to go report them to the Bias Response Team! Praise Trump.”

        Seriously, that’s the kind of microaggression that I’m used to. Happened all the time where I grew up. And it’s far more hateful than innocently assuming someone is from Japan.

        As someone who’s eavesdropped and has been the foreigner speaking a foreign language, the likelihood that the ‘jibber jabbering’ was explicit insults (microaggressions?), even cultural or nationalistic, is significantly larger than zero. We are exceedingly racially/culturally tolerant relative to other parts of the world (less so than some others). People from those parts of the world prefer, understand, or infer that they should conceal their proclivities in that regard; and speaking in your native, foreign tongue is a convenient way to do that.

        Considering that there was no bias response team, it all seems like a part of the lukewarm hatred that keeps the melting pot simmering (putrefying?).

    3. You should seriously blow your fucking brains out with a .45, you retarded useless cunt.

  23. I don’t care how they greet me as long as they don’t spit in my food.

  24. The other day, this woman came up to me and asked, “Are you from Saudi Arabia?”

    Fuck that bitch.

  25. Why focus on that example when there’s so much other juicy stuff in the article:

    “· A professor was reported for allegedly using “homophobic” language in class. The student filing the report conceded the professor’s “intent” was to use the word as an “example,” but still believed it was “inappropriate and traumatizing.”* The incident was referred to the campus Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office and the student was told to call the EOAA office if they wished to talk further.”

    *As for the word “traumatizing,” doesn’t it come from the German word for “dream”?

    “· A complaint was filed over an offensive Halloween costume at a campus departmental party. It was suggested that the department be made to undergo diversity training. The costume is not described in the document provided by the university.

    “· A complaint was filed after a campus group was found praying in a public space in a campus library. The incident was logged, and “support” was offered for the students who filed the complaint. The religious denomination of the praying students was not provided in the university’s document.”

    1. Also, did the praying incident take place during exam season?

    2. Oops, “First recorded in 1900–05, traumatize is from the Greek word traumatízein to wound.”

      https://www.dictionary.com/browse/traumatise

    3. “· A professor was reported for allegedly using “homophobic” language in class. The student filing the report conceded the professor’s “intent” was to use the word as an “example,” but still believed it was “inappropriate and traumatizing.”* The incident was referred to the campus Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action office and the student was told to call the EOAA office if they wished to talk further.”

      Holy shit. I can only assume intent was established by the professor saying something like “For example…” or “As a demonstration… ” which, if you were really sensitive and not just a whiny, drooling, brain dead idiot, *are* trigger warnings.

  26. Wouldn’t the “trauma response team” more effectively spend their time to the 25% of college women who get raped? I assume that on the progressive scale of injury, rape still ranks as somewhat worse than being greeted in the wrong language. But, then, I might be wrong.

    1. It depends upon how many intersectional points you have. If it is a white, cisgendered, heterosexual female then her rape is maybe a 2 on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being full on trauma. A female, Asian student, even a cisgendered, heterosexual, has at least one more intersectional point, so she has a 3. Don’t you speak SJW?

  27. Please stop the whining . . . God help us if we ever have to rely on this generation to protect our freedom.

  28. Here’s how you deal with such microaggressions. When the minimum wage cafeteria worker several magnitudes lower than you on the privilege scale than you asks where you come from, you look them in the eye and reply “Saint Paul”. When the respond with “no, no, I mean where are your parents from?”, you look them in the eye and reply, “Mankato!”

  29. University of Minnesota Food Service Worker Says ‘Hello’ in Japanese to Asian-American Student, Who Files a Bias Report

    Is this really MLA, CMS, Hart’s Rules or whatever? Seems like they said ‘Konichiwa’ in Japanese which means ‘Hello’ in English. Like they greeted them in Japanese and, when translated to English, said “Hello”. The above makes it sound like they said, “Let me greet you in your native Japanese tongue… Hello!”

    1. How do you say “Good Bye” in Japan?

      Good Bye.

      1. I’m probably just a rabid anti-Neutral racist.

      2. Actually saying “Good Bye” would probably be considered rude in Japan. You would somehow have to obliquely reference the fact that you were leaving to avoid hurt feelings.

  30. Life is difficult, aggressive, full of disagreements–Success requires thick skin (unlike our POTUS, I might add). The inability to cope will, to a future breaking point, destroy the student who filed the report. Back in the day (1980’s) this student would be textbook paranoia and delusional. The student who filed and the administrators and academics who promote these filings are creating future mental health breakdowns for this generation. This is horrible.

    1. “…(unlike our POTUS, I might add)…”

      Those suffering from TDS just can’t help making everything about their disability.

      1. Trump is fat and was never intelligent even before his obvious dementia. The only people with TDS are people like you, who worship at his feet like history’s most pathetic cultists.

        1. Have you been told the typical 1000 times today that you’re a fucking inbred retarded hick and will always be one no matter how hard you try to wear your “progressive” skin? That beneath your hilarious attempt to appear lofty in your demeanor and intellect you will always at the core be an insecure Okie douche?

        2. Tony
          June.19.2019 at 1:06 pm
          “Trump is fat and was never intelligent even before his obvious dementia. ”

          Those suffering from TDS just can’t help making everything about their disability.
          Fuck off, shitbag.

  31. “…referred the complaining student to the campus “Ethical Advocate Program” in case they “want to talk further about the experience.””

    I’m sure this twit will ‘want to talk further about the experience’, wasting someon’s time whining about it for the next several hours.
    Give him a hanky and aim him to the fainting couch, FFS.

  32. If it’s a micro-agression, you should only be micro-offended.

    People with good manners deal with micro-offenses by ignoring them.

    1. A proper position from Tony… Broken clock and all that.

  33. Isn’t it kind of racist to tell someone they’re not allowed to speak Japanese?

    What other languages are banned at the University of Minnesota?

  34. “Ohio”

    “Wis-consin”

    Or is that out.

    Konnichiwa

    Shalom

    I have no idea.

    Is there a Japanese phrase for “chill out dude”?

    1. 私はあなたの下着のためにハンサムに支払うつもりです

  35. Wow, is she majoring in Cunt Studies?

    -jcr

  36. But wouldn’t it be even MORE racist to assume that everybody is supposed to speak English??? I mean that’s some pretty hard core white supremacy right there, expecting people to speak the language of the Germanic Anglo-Saxons!

    These people need to fuck right off. Or preferably slip and break their necks in the shower. The world will be a better place for it.

  37. Higher education. Government loans your money to upper class children to attend and Elizabeth Warren wants to forgive 50k on each loan if the student earns a 100k a year and you will pay for that.
    Shut down the universities and the borders please. I am almost begging.

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