Original Title: Why do they feel the need?
This is a rant!
Why do a large number of Taiwanese feel the need to always speak English to foreigners - and I mean the clearly non-Asian foreigners, even before they are spoken to? I don't mean the 'practical', but more the psychological reasons?
Are they ashamed of their language? Do they have an inferiority complex towards Westerners? Are they showing off? Is it shear ignorance of what goes on inside the mind of a foreigner? Are they worried about looking ridiculous if the foreigner did not understand some basic words like 'sorry' or 'excuse me' or 'thank you'?
Or is it an overwhelming sense of sympathy and niceness to help out the poor foreigner?
Are they scared of letting in other cultures into their world and just treating them like normal human beings?
Is it just their culture and nothing personal against me and I am never going to change it?
Is it the fault of foreigners themselves for acting superior and expecting to be treated differently?
Why doers it never occur to a lot of them that maybe the best way of making foreigners feel at home and comfortable is just to be indifferent to them? Maybe more people would stay in the long term?
I love this place (minus the craziness affecting everyone) but I don't want to stay here any longer just because of this awkward feeling of being an outsider 24/7. Please don't remind me to improve my Chinese - because that is not the point of this rant.