Yes, another great local show devoted a whole hour to “foreigners”.
This time it’s a show that comes on the SuperTV (chao shr) channel called “Hsin Wen Wa Wa Wa”. Here’s the URL for the show’s webpage:
(I should point out that the show is all in Chinese.) It covers local issues, and as is usual with the Taiwanese media, delivers a lot of sensationalism. Well, last week (6/14/02) their topic was “Foreigners in Taiwan”. The hosts, all Taiwanese “journalists”, spent the entire hour telling some of the most outrageous stories about foreigners in Taiwan (foreigners picking up Taiwanese girls in bars, causing trouble in restaurants, etc.). Most of the "stories"seemed anecdotal and quite possibly based on rumor. At one point one of the “reporters” told a story about a foreigner who was beaten up by some Taiwanese men, and he was laughing out loud as he told the story. One of the hosts made an attempt at fairness by saying “Most foreigners in Taiwan are good people. They come here and do a lot of positive things.” However, most of the show was filled with some of the most extreme examples of ugly foreigner behavior, which was often followed by “Yeah, there are a lot of those” or “Yes, a lot of them (foreigners) are like this”.
I found this show very offensive. If you understand Chinese, you might want to watch Chao Shr, as they will probably repeat this show a few times. (UGH!)
Anyway, if anyone is interested in letting the Chao Shr channel know how you feel about this show you can go to their message board at: