Ok,this is not gonna be a very pleasant topic. Some of you might get pissed off but please believe that i am not being racial at all,just trying to convey some veiw points from the locals.
Please don’t get angry after reading.
It’s just some culture gaps that i’ve bumpped into. It’s probably ascribable to some misunderstanding.
This is a conversation between me and a taxi driver last week.
I told the driver that I teach English as a part-time job and therefore,i got to know some foreigner friends.,
(the driver) “So,there’re lots of foreigners come to taiwan teaching english?”
“Yeah…i suppose so.”
“They must earn more than the locals here.”
“Im not sure. But the money won’t be too bad.”
“That’s bullshit!” (The driver started to get emotional…) “They can’t do anything here expect teaching English!”
“No that’s not ture cuz some are businessmen here and you know,they work as all types of different jobs.”
“Yeah,but think about it,if they can make good money in their own countries then why are they here?”
(I started to feel uncomfortable in the conversation…) “Maybe they just like to travel.”
Then i got off the taxi. I had no idea why is it he was so hostile with foreigners in Taiwan. Maybe it’s becuz he’s a taxi driver and he’s 40-something and probably doesn’t make as much as he wants so he gets jealous blah blah blah…
Here’s another one.
I went down to the security room in my coomunity to talk to the security guys. The CEO of my community is a 40-year-old fat guy with a baby face. A really nice guy. He was in the security room,too so we chatted a little bit. As we chatted, a foreigner who also lives in this community passed by us.
(the CEO) " There’re so many foreigners in our community"
“Really? I just moved here”
“And they all teach English here.”
“Are you sure? How do you know?”
“Come on,you know there’re a lot of English teachers here.”
“One time, a foreigner held a party here and they were very loud.”
“Many people complained?”
“Well…it’s okay,you know taiwanese. We are always friendly and more tolerant with them for some reason…especially taiwanese women here…those bitches!”
I couldn’t believe what I heard. He was smiling when he said that.
He’d better be joking.
I felt totally awkward and annnnnnngry for what he’d said.
Few days later I’ve learned that the CEO is still single. So i suppose that he’s just jealous…
Of course not everyone here think like that. Only very few people.
Have you ever heard something like that from your taiwanese friends? and how did you react then?