I think enough time has passed that I can bring this up without getting a heated reaction from football fans. I recently received a Living Mall catalog in the mail and opened it to discover they were having a “German Day”, with discounts on clothing that looked somewhat German, but I certainly wouldn’t be the one to judge. Neither would the typical shopper at Living Mall. I imagined the meeting in the marketing department at Core Pacific - executives still rejoicing over Korea’s loss decided to give thanks to a country that has never really promoted itself in a big way here. With still no way to tell the difference between one foreigner and the next, I began to wonder if us foreigners would all become a little more popular, and little kids would say we were from Germany instead of you-know-where.
I need a little help from the other contributors. Apart from bribing the referees, which doesn’t seem like such a big deal in Asia, just what is it that makes the Taiwanese livid about South Korean victory? Someone told me it stemmed from competition in the corporate arena, but that’s hard to believe. China seems like much more of a threat than South Korea.
What would make a grown Taiwanese man ride around the city with a large German flag taped to the back of his motorbike? It flapped in my face a few times.
What would make the TV spectators at Breeze Center say derogatory remarks about South Korea during the game? Granted, I’m not a football fan; this may be the problem. “If you only got into the game you would know how it all relates …”