A friend of mine from Chia Yi had some business in Taichung City today, so I decided to go into town and meet him. He took care of his business, we had lunch and wandered around for a bit.
Eventually we ended up at Taichung Park. We walked around the park for about 20 minutes, and then sat down near the boat pond. We hadn’t been there long when an elderly Taiwanese gentleman approached us, wanting to talk to a couple of foreigners and practice what little English he knew.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, two policemen appeared. They went on about something, but I have only basic Mandarin language skills, and my friend none at all. Between my Chinese and the Taiwanese gentleman’s English, we were able to get the gist of it. The cops were telling us to leave the park. The language barrier prevented finding out exactly why we were being told to leave.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. There were scores of people at the park enjoying the warm, sunny afternoon. Among them, two forty-something white men who were just sitting and talking. What are the possible reasons we would be singled out and told to leave?
Taichung Park is for Taiwanese only?
If we allow two white men to sit and talk, who knows where it might lead?
Because they can?
Has anyone had a similar experience?