[quote=“Mucha Man”]These are complete crackpots. Imagine Taiwanese using Forumosa to get an idea what foreigners are like:
It’s weird, they all seem to despise paper money.
Here is what I can confirm: TaipeiTimes is pro-American. As is the Taiwanese NMAWorldEdition channel of YouTube. And most of the DPP/Pan-Green users online, those who refuse to call themselves Chinese, are by far, in almost every forum I’ve noticed, be it Yahoo, YouTube, Facebook, or a discussion site, are by far the most hostile to the CCP, and are by far are the most pro-Japanese and pro-American, and condemned the 9/11 attacks most strongly, and were the only ones to positively react to bin Laden’s death. I personally admire the DPP a lot, it’s a progressive party, and that is essential to any true democracy. And to think America wanted the KMT, which spews hate against America and its allies every week on its news channels, to win instead.
Here are my thoughts on certain reasons for this online negativity from so many Taiwanese people -
Taiwan has no official relations with the CCP; it has no choice but to be pro-American, at least on the surface, KMT or DPP. It wants to exercise its own sovereignty, but it knows that it basically has to be allies with America, and thus officially supportive of everything America does, if it wants its current rule to survive. That’s bound to cause resentment over year after year. Just like some people will probably be more pro-American in an anti-American government.
I also think that there’s a kind of very subtle inferiority complex, locked to great powers, so close to an enemy that is your kin and so far from an ally that is not; some of the comments cheered Kim Jong-un and asked that he destroy Samsung for Taiwan, hinting at a kind of petty rivalry. Apparently, they do not like South Korea at all. There’s also, no offense at all intended, a sense of almost arrogance I personally feel - many Taiwanese people who hated the mainland because it was simply poorer and filthier, a worse place to travel to for the summer, rather than its lacking democracy.
I also think many are disillusioned with “democracy” - it would not protect them from attack, and China’s economy is exploding without it. Also for resentment is apparently the fact that the arms sold to Taiwan were so expensive, forcing them to pay a kind of “protection fee” every year. Also, the PRC and USA, however unfriendly, are at least on some kind of equal parity - two big powers with close economies and official ties - while Taiwan, this small island nation, has always been forced to be this inferior “watchdog” for the United States. From some comments, I also think some Taiwanese are wary of the “whites” trying to harm the “yellow people” based on past Western colonialism and everything, and some Taiwanese see the terrorists as merely freedom fighters against the historical aggression of the “whites”. Do not forget how many empires Taiwan itself has been part of.
Here is what I want to clarify - just because a nation is a democracy does not at all mean its people are necessarily perfect or noble. That goes for the US and Taiwan. We tend to label things as “good” and “evil” - North and South Korea, for example. And if it’s a US ally…well, I mean, Turkey is part of NATO, but it is maybe the most anti-American nation in the world, with 85% of Turks loathing the US. Just because the government of Taiwan is a capitalist democracy, and shares much in common with the US, does not mean it is a mature democracy, or one with sufficient humility. You need only look at the fistfighting politicians to see that…
I am not trying to start an argument, please…but yes, I do believe there are distinct anti-American elements in Taiwan. Taiwan is indeed a beautiful place, and it is better than the Communist Party by far, I am certain, but many Taiwanese regard America more as a necessary evil rather than as a trustworthy ally.