I’m a foreigner from Europe. I’ve been living here over a year but am getting more tense not less. The problem is this.
I have not been able to deal with people invading my privacy constantly. The more Chinese I learn the more I can hear the people around me rudely talking about me as if I can’t understand them.
It’s become clear to me that a significant portion of the population are really ignorant people.
Why do parents and grandparents (they are the worst, they have NO clue-basically farmer types)
encourage their children to shout things like Meigouren all the time at foreigners. Sorry but the world is not America. They constantly interfere. If I’m eating I can look up and see couples staring at me, or people shouting hello and telling their kids to say it to me when I’m obviously doing something private.
Why do people on scooters always shout rubbish like ‘Nice to meet you’ at me and then drive rapidly away. If they were really being friendly they’d say it to my face (I’m gonna rip one of those guys off their scooter one day and drive over him with it, see how nice it’ll be to meet me then).
Why don’t they talk to my face. When I am with my girlfriend I know they always comment but not to my face. It’s the ultimate disrespect. It’s not just me that finds it difficult. She says when she’s with me she can really understand what it’s like to be a foreigner here. They treat her different but they judge her very quickly too, a lot of it is jealousy I reckon.
Why does everybody try and listen to every word I say if I am on my mobile on the bus. I’ve had instances where they’ve tried to repeat my end of the conversation word for word while I’m speaking.
All this comes with a backdrop.I’ve been working with Taiwanese almost exclusively for almost a year. I know what it’s like to work and interact with them. I would say that working here is quite a pleasant environment except for the long hours and different cultural ideas about loyalty to the company more than anything else etc. My boss is the coolest boss ever. But I wish that for one day all Taiwanese were transplanted to some exclusively backward black or causcasian country for a day, they would learn their lesson quick.
I’ve got to say there’s not too many places in the world that have such a lack of polite social skills as this country (I don’t care about the usual hackneyed-they are so friendly compared to other Asians, let me guess you’re white and you have more money than them- you are their American dream dummy, or China is much worse blah blah).
Well you know what I’m sick of being half a country’s American dream when I’m not even American.
My neighbours in my old place took about six months for one of them to say hello, six months! Actually maybe this some of this is Taipei big city stuff but not all.
So next time I hear Taiwanese are the friendliest
people going I’ll try and adsorb your exact reasons for saying this cos this is not a life if I’m getting superworked everytime I walk down the street. I’m guessing your home countries aren’t too hot themselves for you to think this or you got some other special reasons for saying these things. I guess in the end you change or you leave so that’s maybe where I’m at. Although I’m leaving next year anyway.
After all this I’m feeling much better. It’s better than punching one of their lights out anyway (what good would that do, just another crazy weigouren flipping out for no reason)