The oddest foreigner you've met here -- share your story


#382

I remember my roommate getting an ARC in about 1991/2, the freak. I think ELSI was the first to be issued them.


#383

What did foreigners receive before ARCs? Anything?


#384

Hep B shots.


#385

#386

Those were the Hep B shots the US dumped on Taiwan. Ironically they were a contaminated batch that actually gave you Hep B. The great US of A knew they were dodgy, that’s why they generously dumped them on Taiwan.

Fuck yeah, America.


#387

What kind of job?
Teaching English surely, perhaps acting in commercials. Anything else?


#388

That was decades before I was a twinkle in Taiwan’s eye, but I’m just going to assume gigolo, because why not?


#389

I interviewed for a gigolo position, but later got cold feet…a decision I’ve regretted ever since. Other than that, played a lot of bit roles in straight-to-video movies.


#390

I didn’t know you’re a woman.


#391

No ARCs in 1984 for sure. At that time, I worked as an English teacher, a transcriptionist, and the Obi Swiss Apple Juice girl in the then-wonder of Taipei, Asiaworld Mall, where big Japanese apples were US$10 each. Near the only McDonaldʻs.

No “foreign exchange memos” either. You went to a jewelry store if you wanted to get money out.

Yes, weʻre that old.


#392

Where’s everyone meeting these interesting foreigners. All the ones I know are pretty boring. Or a DJ.


#393

I was friendly with a hippy foreigner who I later found out was one of Taiwans honest to goodness freedom fighters and had spent decades on the blacklist . Legend. He never even mentioned it when we hung out !

Another fellow from Hawaii that ran a restaurant in Hualien springs to mind. I think he was just an alcoholic though.

My roommate who had a penchant for tying people up when he was drunk was certainly a candidate.

These days I barely bump into foreigners let alone know the crazies!


#394

Perhaps that comes from spending a lot of time in nightclubs.

Most foreigners I’ve met in Taiwan were coworkers and/or people I met through this very site, not counting short term tourists (who were mostly normal).

I didn’t know you’re a woman.

You can’t be certain anyone here is a woman until the person has been “verified” by the gatekeepers of the legendary Women’s Forum. :astonished: :hushed: :zipper_mouth_face:


#395

I can’t be certain anyone here is a man, until the person has been “verified” by being denied by the gatekeepers of the legendary Women’s Forum.


#396

Are the gatekeepers always right? @discobot fortune


#397

:crystal_ball: Ask again later


#398

Ooh, that’s worrying…


#399

Oi!
Hey!
So there is an exclusive women only forum. but what about the other genders? Don’t they deserve equal protection?

Nonbinary Only Forum
etc etc etc

:stuck_out_tongue:


#400

I suppose you could start one, if you were nonbinary. :idunno:


#401

Tricky to prove. Or maybe proof isn’t required these days.

Proving gender fluidity would be a logistical nightmare.