I would like to pose a question to the venerable Mr. Hartzell or to any individual who may have a plausable legal explanation for the conundrum I recently found myself in. While planning to visit Taipei I contacted five-star hotels to ask for a nightly rate. Each hotel receptionist gave a rate which seemed rather exhorbitant, even for a five-star hotel.
A Taiwanese associate then contacted the hotels, and because he possessed “ROC identification”, the rates given were nearly HALF the rates I was quoted. My associate reasoned, “This is the ROC government’s way of giving back to the people” on Taiwan. This explanation seems dubious, to say the least. Unless I’m sorely mistaken, the hotel industry is the private sector and has nothing to do with government social welfare programs. In the United States, if international guests were given substatially higher hotel rates there would be a sharp public outcry.
I ask you, Mr. Hartzell, is this policy legal? I find it inconceivable that Taiwanese citizens and the ROC government would not only permit but condone racism. Any response would be greatly appreciated.