Mr. Lin, you are taking that quote a bit out of context. I was saying that the guy got quite upset that the girl spoke to him in English. It wasn’t a response proportional to her trying to be helpful. She then switched to Chinese but it made her confused as to whether foreigners want to be spoken too in Chinese or not. I guess I told her it depends. It personally doesnt bother me and whatever helps me get through my day, I am happy with.
My point was that often Taiwanese are often trying to be polite, friendly or helpful in these situations. Why should foreigners get bent out of shape about it? There are genuine examples of racism in Taiwan that are worthy of getting annoyed about.
This goes with the west too. Someone in an airport greeting you in Chinese (which you speak!), is just trying to be friendly. You might find it annoying but it might be appreciated by others. There is a hell of a lot of racism in the West you could of been exposed too and this about down the bottom.
Yes, I am completely sympathetic to you just wanting to be treated like a normal person. I truely am. I can empathise. I would rather not be stared at, have children pushed at me so they practice their English, always be called a foreigner or an American (I’m not) in the street, have people not so discretely take pictures of me, get preferential treatment in some cases (in certain circumstances like at a hospital, this is highly embarrassing), get shit said about you in Taiwanese and have people laugh directly at you, have women not have much genuine interest in you apart from the fact you are white and they have fetishised you (ok ok this I should not really complain about it but it is symbolic of a greater issue in society). I could go on…
I guess my point is, I sympathise with you but pick your battles over something more worthy of getting annoyed about.