For almost six years I’ve lived in Taiwan and never directly witnessed any anti-semitism, though I’ve heard about the idiot with a gas chamber restaurant (ha ha, great fun), the other idiot with a Hitler propane gas company, or whatever, and the idiots in the KMT party comparing A-Bian to Hitler in campaign posters.
But in the two months I’ve been employed at my present job I’ve heard anti-semitic comments from at least four people, most of these people making such statements on repeated occassions, including my boss making about 10 gratuitous references in one conversation to the fact that a certain lawyer is a jew (apparently suggesting that he’s shrewd or clever, I believe, but I didn’t ask exactly what he meant by it because I was so pissed off by the repeated reference that I almost walked out of the room). Other times they’ve referred to the opposing side in a case we’re handling as a jew, making clear that they meant he’s a sneaky, untrustworthy, evil bastard.
These comments came from my 55 year old boss, who’s a bright lawyer who lived in the US, but is also a slight idiot; a high-level 55 year old head of a business unit; a 35 year old lawyer who’s a nice guy and was educated in the US; and others. As I mentioned, these comments totally infuriate me, even if they don’t explicitly state, “he’s a sneaky jew” but only mention that irrelevant fact a number of times (heck even 1 time is more than enough).
Has anyone else encountered such offensive conduct here in Taiwan? How did you respond? How should I respond next time? I’ve been tempted to blurt out, “at least he’s not a sneaky Chinaman,” but so far have restrained myself.