A friend who has come to Taiwan from the Mainland and already has fluent Chinese was telling me how he hates the way locals always want speak with him in English. I’ve heard that on the forums, and I told him the same thing I’ve posted here “I never have that problem,” then he says “Maybe it’s because you’re not White.” As soon as he said it, my brain processed it, and agreed.
That was a month or so ago. While paying a bill today the guy at the front desk asks me “Are you a foreigner?” This isn’t the first time I’ve had this happen. I also almost NEVER run into situations where people try to speak to me in English.
It seems really obvious, but I had never thought about it until the moment my friend pointed it out to me.
Just sharing the observation. Maybe I’ll add a poll as well… Mabye not.