I was doing a Technorati search for a subject I’m researching today and before signing off, entered “Forumosa” into the search engine. The second link that appeared was to a post in a Windows Live Spaces blog written largely in Mandarin. Here is the link: http://hsnu12118.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!502C7586FD7D794B!463.entry
Here is an excerpt:
[quote]Foreigner how to feel about Taiwanese girls
你就會覺得很多在台灣的國外男性真的蠻貶低台灣女人的， 雖然不時有些伸張正義的人出來說台灣女人沒什麼不同， 全世界女人都一樣， 我上次花了半天在那看了一大堆討論，大概整理出幾個觀點， 大多人提出都是貶低的，幾乎沒看到是優點的...[/quote]
Here is rudimentary translation:
[i]How Foreigners Feel About Taiwanese Girls
If you have been on Forumosa and seen some of the discussion threads, you will get the impression that many foreign men in Taiwan look down on Taiwanese women. Sure, you will sometimes see a voice of reason saying that Taiwanese women are just like women all over the the world, i.e. not so different. Still, I spent a half day reading various threads on the site, and came to the overall conclusion that most of the posters cast aspersions at Taiwanese women, with very few of them mentioning anything positive. [/i]
The post goes on to mention some specific criticisms of Taiwanese women that many posters harp on.
While I do not share this blogger’s opinion that the majority of posters look down on Taiwanese women, I can’t say I blame her for coming to the conclusion that there is a lot of negativity on this site, and for feeling offended by it. Lots of personal baggage being aired out in public on this site, often in an aggressive manner. Does anonymity obviate civility?
Some food for thought.