I saw a film called “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” last night, and was pissing myself with laughter - because it is funny, but mainly because it reminds me so much of my relationships with my taiwanese in-laws.
For example, all the following have happened to me (and I guess to most the people who have a Taiwanese wife/hubby/gf/bf), and has also happened in the aforementioned film:
The mother in law says “eat, eat” even when the new son in law says that he has just eaten (happens to me all the time…)
The men in laws threaten the new son in law not to upset the wife (happened to me also - my father in law and his business partner threatened to cut off my head if I upset my new wife - I think they said it is a half fun-half serious, tongue in cheek kind of way)
The son is spoilt rotten by the mum (again, have noticed that Taiwanese men do seem to be, in general, spoilt by their mothers, and can do no wrong in their eyes)
Very much family-oriented (seems to be the case for my in-laws)
Good saying from the film - “the man is the head, but the woman is the neck, and can therefore turn the head in any direction that she wishes” (I think this could be the case, i.e. the man in public is seem as the head, but in doors, things are different…or is that just my marriage?)
Big generation gap (have noticed that the younger generation is soooo much different to the older generation in Taiwan - different aspirations, different jobs, etc…)
Plus there are some more comparisons that are in this film that can be directly linked back to life and realtionships in Taiwan, that I cannot currently remember. Take a look at this film, and see for yourself. Plus, it is a pretty good film - but it is more funny as you can relate to it so much even though it is based on Greek family. Maybe there is alot of similarities between the Greeks and Taiwanese?
Does anyone else think of any other films that directly or indirectly relate to any aspect of life in Taiwan?
Seven (the gluttony part maybe…being forced-fed at chinese new year?)