Two sides of the same coin:
Yes, Taiwanese are extremely polite.
Yes, there is rarely any street violence like in the West.
Taiwanese often come across as spineless, Ferengi-like characters who love to engage in victim bashing and running after their masters.
I.e. students who just recently protested against China's dominance yet happily purchase flight tickets via Beijing or Shanghai to save 2,000 NT$. Or people who just let traffic victims bleed to death on the side of the road. Or traffic victims who sue those who helped them. Or employees accepting at times illegal procedures at work in the hopes of getting a promotion some day. Welcome to Taiwan.