Reading a post the other day on the “good days and bad days” we have in Taiwan made me think.
I would suggest that the good days are just when something “normal” happens to us that makes us feel human, and that Taiwan is something less awful than hell on earth …
Seems like most foreigners who decided to stay in Taiwan are in denial of the reality, they sink into their shell and become antisocial because it’s the only way to survive, and hide from the reality- that Taiwan is a brutally materialistic, dehumanising, superficial, nervous, and highly stressful country to live in.
I met a person on this forum who is Taiwanese born but grew up abroad, has cancer and returned to Taiwan for treatment. Due to chemotherapy she has lost her hair. She is often approached by people on the streets who ask her cruel questions such as “are you a girl or a boy” ? What kind of society treats people in this way ? Any variation from the norm is questioned or mocked. I know a Taiwanese woman in Kenting, who pregnant and loves to swim in the sea, but feels uncomfortable to go because she is always stared at.
Do you wonder why you don’t see disabled people out and about, or on TV, in Taiwan ?
Individual thinking and expression is impossible in this society where group mentality rules.
Foreigners who walk the streets here do so with their faces down or away to avoid any human contact and the reminder of the reality that would bring. Compare that to the expat population in places like Hong Kong, who are confident and relaxed.
Yes, there are worse places to live, perhaps China or Korea, but it doesn’t make Taiwan good. Newcomers to Taiwan will be told that the people are friendly and welcoming, sure they are but only superficially, after a while we all realise that it’s just a facade.
Would like to hear your thoughts. Taiwanophiles can tell me to go home if I don’t like it here- I would love to go home, I’m only here to be with my little son, so as I see it I’m entitled to make any comment I like.