Ok, now I know that this will be a slight rant, but I feel the need to start a thread on it anyway.
We all know that there is a lot of anti-Japanese sentiment on Phoenix. It is a sad fact, but true. Personally, I have been in several all JP parties, and it is always a very pleasant experience. I have never come across any reason why the NA and JP players (as well as the new European ones) cannot live in peace and harmony in our little world.
I was excavating in Tahrongi Canyon (my gil-maker of choice...man do I hate fishing!). I was standing over an excavating site, about to use my pickaxe, when a player came along and starting digging with her pickaxe on top of me. Now, I am not one to go into the excavation/mining etiquite debate. Whatever, she got out her pickaxe faster than I did. So I turned around to move on. As I was walking away, she /slapped me! Twice! I sent her a tell, asking why she had done that. I had not only been at that point first, I had also been in the area first, so technically, if there really was anyone in the wrong, it would have been her. I got a tell back all in Japanese script, so I sent the "I don't speak any Japanese" translate text back to her.
I was talking to a friend about it later who told me that there are a lot of JP players that he has talked to that are extremely competetive about mining/fishing/excavating/farming/what have you. He said they see all NA players as newbs because we got FFXI a year and a half after they did, and they deserve to have more rights to things because of this. Now, obviously, since I don't speak Japanese, I don't know if this is the case in this instance. I was, however, extremely offended by her actions, seeing that I took the higher ground and walked away rather than making an issue out of the matter.
So this brings me to my ultimate question: We NA players are constantly accused of being prejudiced against the JP players. But has anyone had similar experiences to mine? And is there a way to combat these kind of things? I searched for over 10 minutes through the autotranslate function to try to find a way to ask this person why she had slapped me, but couldn't find a way that made sense. Does anyone else ever wish the autotranslate function would be expanded so that these types of situations can be resolved?
I really just want us all to get along. I know that sounds really after-school-special-ish, but it's true. Any experiences, stories, or ideas that could help combat ALL prejudice in FFXI, please post here.