So, I’m on the bus being driven by the angriest and craziest bus driver. I’ve been on his bus before. He yells at all the elderly women and barely waits until they get off before closing the door on them and driving off.
So, today, I hit the button and he passes my stop. I point this out and he and I get into. Then some TW lady starts her impromptu translation of what he is saying, even thought it is clear as crystal that I can speak chinese. So, now you have three people bickering, me trying to get off the bus. The TW woman trying to keep ‘face’ because I’m telling her to butt out and the bus driver, who is already 3 eggs short of a dozen. Finally, I am let off the bus, and the TW woman’s reply to me saying that because I can talk Chinese and understand what the man that “I am showing off”. :loco:
Here’s where IMO think the biggest problem lies in Taiwanese society. Their lack of acceptance or williness to communicate in Chinese(with foriegeners). While in China, I often had to communicate in Chinese, given that if you are outside of Beijing and Shanghai. I noticed that if one could communicate in Chinese, there was a pride or sense of being impressed that you, the foreigner, could or had taken the time to learn to commiunicate how they do. And they would rather do it, even if they could speak English. It IMO was an attitude of “well you’re in my country, then you should speak my language” an attitude that I think American’s can have at times.
With Taiwan, I find it different. Even if you are fluent, you will run into the occasional, you speak chinese and they ‘refuse’ to with you. This current expreience just sums up to me how conflicted the society is in Taiwan when it comes to some sense of self or pride on some level.
Just my two cents and my rant. Rant over.