I read this quote from wolf_reinhold:
“Foreigners are just not as smart as we Chinese People.”
Kinmen deputy county commissioner
Quoted in the Taipei Times, June 27, 2001
It got me thinking of something very disturbing that came up between me and my girlfriend a while back. She made some comment about my relatively small head, abundant body-hair and tendency to sweat being simian characteristics. I can’t remember her exact words, but when I questioned her on this, she came out with something like, “Well, you know that you Westerners aren’t as evolved as Asian people.”
Obviously, this set me off. Call me naive, but I was taken aback, and I laid into her with the full barage of propaganda I was instilled with in college, about there being absolutely no difference between one race and another genetically and that all so-called racial differences are cultural, etc.
She, however, insisted that it was a proven fact that Asians are genetically superior. I told her that obviously it was an Asian scientist who had ‘proven’ that fact, to which she retorted that although she saw it on local news, the cited source was CNN! At that point I walked out on her.
Later, she apologized, but told me that she has been taught this kind of stuff her whole life, both in school and by the media, and that it’s a generally-accepted ‘fact’ in Taiwan. I’ve mentioned it to other Taiwanese and have had her statement confirmed by some, denied by others.
What gives? Is it true that such idiotic notions are perpetuated in the Taiwanese media and schools? If so, I rather regret the fact of the US having protected this island for so long from Mainland Chinese invasion. That’s an inflammatory statement, I know, but I’m torqued.