I’m a Taiwanese living in a western country. Firstly, let me say I have friends from many walks of life and they’re wonderful. However, unfortunately where I live I’ve experienced a lot of (subtle) racism. And it’s gotten worse towards Asian looking people during Covid-19. It’s made me seriously consider moving back to Taiwan, but I just got married to a non-Taiwanese spouse before Covid-19 and I don’t have a home or job in Taiwan. Just wondering for those in the same boat, what racist behaviours have you encountered? What have you done that’s effective in handling racism?
Some behaviours I’ve encountered:
(Mostly) Caucasian people in my neighborhood look away or don’t say hi even when I say hi or make eye contact first!
(Mostly) Caucasian people in upper level management refuse to include me on high profile projects, recognize my work or promote me. They treat their fellow people completely the opposite and they get promoted easily as long as they don’t make a huge mistake. It’s also difficult to just ignore them when you work together. So far my only promotions came from a Vietnamese and Hong Kong lady.
A Caucasian guy purposely turned his head and coughed loudly in my face when walking past me. (This was during Covid 19)
There are many more but in a nutshell they are disrespectful behaviour.
P.S. It was never my choice to move here. My dad (who sadly passed away) decided to and my mom wasn’t crazy about it.