If an occasional foreign teacher or student suffers the kind of incident referred to by the OP, it is highly unlikely to elicit any kind of serious response from the authorities unless it becomes a major news story, is taken up by the international media, and threatens to tarnish Taiwan’s image internationally.[/quote]
Your response sounds like the standard government response. What about the Converse Asia executive whose wife was killed in her house back in Taichung in the late 1990s? Omni, have they ever caught the murderers of the wife of the head of Converse Asia? She was killed in 1997 in front of her two children in her house in a gated community with private security guards. This international executive stayed in Taiwan for a year afterwards trying to get the government to do something. Complete waste of time. Somehow someone got in with a truck, stole their big TV etc. etc., murdered her, and the guards and security cameras saw nothing. Must have been ghosts. There were suggestions at the time that the security company and guards (all ex-police) were involved in the murder and being protected by the local cops.
Then there was the teacher who had his dick cut off one night while walking across Tai Da campus. Then there were the 2 teachers riding bicycles down in Taichung or Tainan (one of these cities) who were attacked by a gang…one had his arm cut off. Or the Swedish engineer that had been in Taiwan for three hours. A Taiwanese company picked him up at the airport and they went to a pub down in Taichung/Tainan. Some unknown came running in the pub and caved in his skull with a piece of steel or something and ran out. The Swede was brain damaged. No one was ever caught and the Swede had never even been in Taiwan before.
This has been going on for a long time. Back in 1986 there was a Taiwanese guy who had just come back from grad school in the US. He was walking around in Taipei for several weeks attacking random westerners with bricks and rocks. He went up the the coffeeshop at the Sheraton on Chung Hsiao and threw a brick thru the window at an American businessman who was injured pretty badly. In this instance, the Taiwanese was caught. But this was an exception.
Let’s face it. Chinese police “techniques” have always consisted of picking up someone they want behind bars and then beating the shit out of him or her until he/she confesses. Detective work? Evidence? Just not very important in the whole scheme of things is it? They can’t find their own asses with both hands. They care about drinking tea, playing mahjong, and saving face. And foreigners should know that if they’re setting up shop. The benefits may outweigh these negatives, but one should realize them nevertheless.
You want to learn about Taiwanese police procedures. Watch Casablanca: