But her perceptions are generally held to be true, at least from the perspective of someone from a Western country. She said Taizhong was dirty, heavily polluted, there were cockroaches, the traffic was bad, and it stank. She said there were people burning ghost money at the side of the road, and splotches of betel-nut juice all over the place. Well, what part of that isn’t true?
Really, people must be taking issue with the way she wrote the article, and the emphasis she put on certain aspects of her experience. I don’t see how they can claim that Taizhong is clean, non-polluted, cockroach-free, safe traffic-wise, and with fresh air.[/quote]
Yes so her preceptions maybe true and Tommy maybe wrong. Not the point I was making. Tommy has the right to believe whatever he wants although he maybe wrong. He also has the right to believe others have a distorted view of reality. Her article was not really that far off the mark I just thought she made a very bad decision. Considering she did indeed read up about Taiwan before she came and seems to be scared of insects one would think a sub tropical country is a bad choice lol. As for beetle nut well I eat it myself so no comment on that; perhaps it distorts my perception of things a wee bit [/quote]
She said Taizhong was dirty, heavily polluted, there were cockroaches, the traffic was bad, and it stank. She said there were people burning ghost money at the side of the road, and splotches of betel-nut juice all over the place. Well, what part of that isn’t true?
I’m not the biggest defender of Taiwan/Taizhong out there but this is blantantly untrue. Large parts of Taichung City are very liveable, the traffic is pretty light and it doesn’t actually smell that bad (except for in parts). Air pollution is bad though but the same all over most cities in Asia. The old part of Taizhong is a mess like most cities in Taiwan, newer parts aren’t like that. There is little evidence of beetlenut spit in daily life. She claims to have lived overseas in her rebuttal but I guess that meant homestay in the US or Germany or UK …something like that.
A lot of foreigners come to Taiwan and they don’t have enough money for a decent place, a car,take the hsr, aren’t prepared properly with language etc. I know I was one of them! Things are a lot easier after you figure out how to improve your living conditions, as she said she should have gone to Taipei first.
Anyway…I wouldn’t take it too seriously…people complain about the weather where I am from and that there is nothing to do except go to the pub…well if you don’t like to cook what are you doing in the kitchen?