I am from Iran, and currently live in Japan. I am dealing with micro/macroaggressions on a daily basis, which are defined as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership” (Sue, 2010a, p. 3). That is why I decided to create this blog, and I hope that this can be a step in eliminating macro/microaggressions and stereotypes by making the “invisible” visible (Sue, 2010b). I also hope that I can find others who are experiencing the same thing. If you have an ouch moment to share or if you want to dispel a stereotype, please send it to me via here or this email:  beyondyourstereotypes@gmail.com

Here I would like to thank my Japanese friend, Nori, and my Iranian friend, Marzie, who are helping me translate the posts into Japanese. I am also grateful to my friend, Yu-Chieh Chang, for translating the posts into Chinese.

Every time I dare to share my stories, I receive a lot of love and support and I have decided to share these moments here. You can also find my talks here.

Parisa Mehran



Sue, D. W. (2010a). Microaggressions and marginality: Manifestation, dynamics, and impact. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Sue, D. W. (2010b, October 5). Racial microaggressions in everyday life: Is subtle bias harmless? Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/microaggressions-in-everyday-life/201010/racial-microaggressions-in-everyday-life