I recently arrived in Taiwan and am having difficulty making friends. A little background- 33, male, Taiwan born but spent most of my life overseas. I work for myself at home, so meeting people via workplace isn’t an option. I also don’t like to frequent bars/clubs/ events where it’s just a bunch of total strangers with no prior first contact of some sort. Call it a bit of social phobia I guess. Anyhow, back in where I used to live (Canada), I have many friends, most of whom I met initially online. Meetup was a great source, even Craiglist. Here in Taiwan though Meetup hardly has any events, and Craiglist is next to dead.
I’ve started joining dating sites like okcupid and forumosa friends to meet friends (if something more happens that’s great, but honestly that’s not my goal). The thing is, I’ve probably initiated contact with at least 50-60 people, but so far I’ve received 0 responses. Zippo, big fat 0. My initial message is the standard “I’m new to Taiwan, would love to meet some interesting people to call friends…”, in other words, something neutral. Granted my message is in English, but all the people I’ve contacted describe themselves as fluent in English (or at least decent). And yes, all the people so far I’ve contacted are girls, but that’s simply because going out of my way to contact guys on dating sites may give the recipient the wrong idea. I’m starting to think perhaps most of the local girls on these dating sites are out to meet Westerners only? But that shouldn’t even be the issue, as in my initial email I’ve laid out where I’m coming from and wanting mainly just to meet interesting people to hang out with, being that I’m new in town.
So back to the original question- is there a good source online to meet people and make friends in Taiwan/Taipei, especially for those whose main language is English (but heritage is Asian)? Something similar to Meetup elsewhere perhaps?