My question to you regarding racism in Taiwan might be a bit of a dead horse, but I hope you’ll bear with me and share your opinions on the atmosphere there. It seems a lot of the posts I read on the topic are geared more towards venting about specific racist encounters rather than the general attitude in the country. Is it really as bad as it sounds??
I have to admit, I never thought about racism before I started researching teaching jobs in Taiwan and was incredibly surprised to find so many threads being posted about it. After reading so many negative experiences (and so few positive ones), I’m starting to wonder if teaching in Taiwan may be the right choice for me.
You see, I’m half-Taiwanese and half German, but raised in the US as a US citizen. My mother was from Tainan and I supposedly have a large family there whom I’ve never met, since my mother passed away when I was 3. This is the main reason I’ve considered living and working in Taiwan – to learn Chinese and ultimately locate my missing family, so I do have my heart set on Taiwan. However, the issue that concerns me is the treatment I hear non-whites receive in Taiwan. I do not look white, but I do not look Chinese either. Is this common? What kind of outlooks and attitudes can I expect to encounter with my background?
I understand that it all depends on the individual people one works with, but I’d really like to clear my mind about this issue in a general sense before making any further decisions. I will pursue another avenue of learning Chinese and visiting Taiwan if this is as predominant as it sounds.
I apologize for such a nebulous post on a topic that has probably been beaten into the ground, but thank you for your input in advance. Your opinions are greatly appreciated!