My goodness. What an absolutely stupid charge. Taiwan faculties are a hotbed of political infighting. I’m sure nasty exchanges with much more uncouth language are regular events within most faculties in Taiwan. But hey, let’s pick on a foreigner with six years of experience and good creds to make our"taike"selves feel better.
Furthermore, with universities on the island trying to internationalize, this type of incident makes Taiwan the laughing stock of the academic world. First a student is given a scholarship in Taiwan that was advertised in English, and the faculty members refuse to meet their obligations. Now a professor with a PhD from Princeton is indicted for saying “up yours” at a regional uni.
Whether it’s foreigners being unable to wear proper swimming suits at NCCU or professors from elite universities (the actual type of professors you think Taiwan would want to recruit rather than the Kho San Road paper professors–remember the South African truck driver who taught at a uni in Taiwan with a fake degree for a few years ) being indicted for very mild obscenities, it sure gives off the message that foreigners are not welcomed at Taiwan’s universities.
With the low birth rates and declining enrollments, I hope some of these profs are forced to eat congee for their daily meal.