Dear foreign born Taiwanese,
You are in an enviable and important position in this country we call home. You have the advantage of being born with the perspectives and physical characteristics of the majority of people in this country. You also have the perspective and lifestyle experience that I grew up with. To me, that is enviable. You can blend into the crowd and be spared the often times embarrassing and frequently frustrating feeling of standing out. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have used this to my advantage in order to gain employment where, at times perhaps, I was under-qualified. But, I have worked hard to make up for these short-comings in order to deliver more than was expected. I have also been in a position to influence the hiring practices and the perceptions of local employers and clients in order to give prospective employees opportunities regardless of their physical appearances, often times to no avail. I am not a white knight or a do-gooder, I am just a human with a liberal Canadian university degree indoctrinated into the world of the post-colonial guilt trip. I’m doing my best. Now, what I ask of you is; please refrain from denigrating comments about a group of people who don’t share your complexion but do share your cultural upbringing. In recent weeks there have been incidents performed by people who look somewhat like me but are not me, These incidents are embarrassing to me and others just as they are shameful to local perspectives. It is very disheartening that I am viewed in the same light as a kid half my age with a fraction of my life experience. It is more so disheartening when people like you, perhaps younger than you and not as mature as you, agitate the often times gullible younger generation of this country into a xenophobic frenzy. You have the ability to change their perspectives more so than I. That makes you a rockstar. Recent events involving a Taiwanese man who violated his niece led to a crowd of locals going on a rampage to exact revenge on him. That was no doubt stirred up by the connectedness of people and a powder-keg of emotion that seems to be just below the surface of late. What’s to prevent that from happening when the next douche-bag white guy becomes national news? I believe it is you. I didn’t not give you a job because you are not white, I didn’t steal the cute girl you were working the long game with and I definitely haven’t stood on your hand in trying to climb the ladder of life. I have lost friends, family respect and 4 front teeth defending guys who look like you. Would you do the same? It is up to you to be the bridge between Taiwan and westerners. Please forget about Chet, Biff or Mark who mistreated you in your youth, Be the bigger person and exact your revenge through compassion.
From a scrawny, ginger, four-eyed, googley eyed, carrot top, pumpkin head, half-breed to you.