It's my first time to Taiwan.
Staying in Linkou, New Taipei City right now.
I've got lots of strange and unexpected impression so far.
Not sure whether it's just Taipei or the whole Taiwan is like this.
Upon arriving in the Taoyuan Airport, everything is so tiny and people are packing all over.
The seat pitch on the MRT and buses are as tiny as (or even more tiny than) the ones back home in Country X, but people here, including myself, are not much smaller than the average country-X people, so it's crowded as hell.
And, maybe in the area I'm staying in, I haven't seen any indigenous Taiwanese yet. I see people of every race, ethnicity, and skin color here except for the indigenous Taiwanese. Most indigenous people shown here are obviously migrants from Vietnam, Thailand and other South East Asian countries.
No Chinese was heard when taking a stroll in the city center. Every one is speaking in their own first language, which is not English, so I understand nothing. LOL.
And, once again, people here like any other Asians, give me strange looks and discuss or guess my ethnicity in their own language, because I clearly heard sounds like "whiteys" or "white" coming out from their mouth, which is so identifiable. Then again, other ethnic groups are not getting this kind of treatment. Only whites are getting this. So, I once again doubt there's some kind of anti-whites or anti-westerners thoughts going on in Asia.
The SE Asians here seems to be obviously anti-whites. Two Viet clerks had a huge conversation in their own language bashing Europe and Caucasian people once they saw me in shopping in their store. And they even keep talking about it when I'm lining up to get checked out.
I don't understand a word in Viet, but I heard sounds like "white" and "GIs" in addition to their ugly looks, I figured out they're obviously not saying anything good.
1. I couldn't fully make sure what they were saying.
2. I was tired at that moment, so no mood to argue with some clerks.
3. I've gotten used to it. It's Asia anyway.
After one of them checked me out, I couldn't help but ask "Where are you from?", and she replied "Oh, I'm from Vietnam", I said nothing and walked away, leaving them with their nasty comments behind as if I'm the one despising them.
I'm sure I'm just stuck in a strange place in Taiwan., which for sure doesn't represent the whole spectrum of Taiwan.
Hopefully things are getting different and better once I head down south.
My first times to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore (basically outside the home country) are like this.
Same like Scarlett Johansson's experience in the movie Lost in Translation.
Some people have it.... some don't.
The former likely to be a (often said boring) contributing member of society, a doctor, a policeman or a lawyer.
The latter often become an explorer like Vasco da Gama, Zheng He, Roald Amundsen or Allan Quatermain...