The first form of micro-aggression is evident in the assumption that all Asian Americans are foreigners or foreign-born (Sue et al. , 2007). Micro-aggressions of this kind are evident in questions or remarks such as “Where are you from?” “Where were you born?” “You speak good English”. It may also be expressed in situations where an American speaks Japanese to a hotel attendant just because of her appearance. All these may look harmless and even fun but they all communicate the message that you are not American or you are a foreigner (Sue et al. , 2007). In this case, the APAs are in a dilemma of whether the question was a genuine interest in them or an ill-intended expression. The bottom-line, however, was that the message in the questions and statement was clear that they were not “real” Americans.
Another type of microaggression was the assumption that all Asians are intelligent and good with math and sciences (Sue et al. , 2007). This form of micro-aggression took the form of statements such as “You people are excellent at math”, “You people do well in school”. It may also take the form of questions again such as asking an Asian to help in a math or science problem. These statements may seem harmless but asserting that all Asians are smart has consequences that go beyond race. For example, this assertion results in poor performance among the Whites when they are in a class with Asians. To the Asian individual they felt pressurises to endorse and live up to the expectation of good performance.