20 years ago
Foreigners used to talk about or complain about almost exactly the same things. It sounds like a broken record. But things have come on a lot since then. On average western men seem to like Taiwan more than western women, in my experiences over the years. But there are of course many exceptions. The broken record comments include.
(1) Foreign men taking advantage of sweet innocent Chinese girls.(yawn)
(2) Taxi drivers and bus drivers (although in those days they would hit you with iron bars rather than their car doors).
(3) Chinese people saying one thing but meaning another.
(4) Useless cops
(5) Taiwanese not fighting fair and ganging up on foreigners, after big noses kiss innocent Chinese girls on the dance floor.
(7) Holes and bumps in the road
(8) Squatting toilets
(9) Dogs on chains (well used to be a lot of monkeys on chains and girls in cages)
(10) Backpackers on tourist visas with no degrees teaching English in high schools. (now they just do that in Global village)
(11) No large condoms
However things that have improved include
MRT, telephones that can call abroad, cash machines (used to be non-existent), internet accesss,
more human and workers rights, child protection (particularly reducing child sex slavery), language rights (used to be illegal to officially teach the Taiwanese language or for hill tribes to have non-Chinese names), immigration rights, democracy, environmental protection and the list could go on and on. Lots of improvements. Oh and the high speed train. That is impressive. Becoming almost a normal place to live. Things are changing fast and generally for the better.