Asia is the largest continent on the planet. 4.463 billion people live in Asia in 48 completely different countries. 60% of the entire planet’s population lives in Asia. There’s far too much diversity there to make sweeping generalizations about all Asian behavior and cultural norms. Therefore, the idea that “all Asians slurp their food” is not true, and “all Asians” do nothing in common whatsoever.

Why does this matter?

We are a group of people with sound sensitivities, and we need to express our frustrations/triggers. Slurping (and eating food in general) is high on the list of triggers for many people. So, we will certainly be discussing things like slurping and eating.

But as a group, we come together to offer support to each other in what we want to be a safe place. One way to promote comfort and safety is not to be biassed, prejudiced, or use divisive/derogatory speech.

Singling out a person (or an entire culture) to receive derision, experience prejudice or discrimination, or receive unfair treatment of any kind is against the group rules. Suggesting that entire cultures exhibit negative stereotypical behavior excludes them from being welcomed and valued.  

For comparison, substitute the word European and try to make a similar statement about slurping (or any behavior).  Let’s try this statement: “Europeans never slurp noodles.” It just doesn’t work. We know it’s extremely likely that SOME people living in European countries make noise when they eat.

In the Misophonia Support Group, we welcome all people with misophonia. Location and stereotypical cultural behavior don’t matter. Our support group’s numbers and diversity provide a wide range of unique experiences, and this is a valuable resource in providing support to people with misophonia. We need to promote inclusion to all and not use prejudicial language or perpetuate incorrect or negative stereotypes.

In conclusion, we fully support venting about people who trigger us. But, we do not support assigning negative stereotypical behavior to entire groups of people.