[quote=“Chris”][quote=“barfomcgee”][quote=“tango42”]Taiwanese people possibly the friendliest people in the world.
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If you substituted “friendliest” with “rudest, most selfish” you might have a point.[/quote]
I’ve found Taiwanese to be very friendly, much more so than their mainland or Hong Kong counterparts. There’s a lot less of the “screw the rich tourist” attitude here than in most other countries I’ve been to (except perhaps Laos, but even that seems to be changing for the worse), and people here are very genuine in their willingness to help a visitor.[/quote]
I spent only a few weeks in China, mainly in Tibet and Yunnan provinces. However, from what I saw the people there were far more polite than here in Taiwan. In Taiwan, I just get the feeling that most people are completely preoccupied with themselves. They drive as if there were no other cars on the street; they walk in the same manner. When they enter shops, they often cut in line. When I enter some restaurants, virtually everyone will stop what they are doing and stare at me like vacuous idiots. In other restaurants, the people don’t even stop to take my order.
I will grant that most of the people I work with are rather friendly; however, there are also a a good number of gossiping, controlling, negative and generally all-around evil people. The bosses expect to be treated with absolute respect, and employees are to do any and all tasks asked of them, regardless of whether or not it is actually their job.
When I go hiking, a few people make way on the trail or smile and say hello when I (always!) stop for them. Most people just push their way by, very often with incredibly unfriendly stares that seem to say, “You are not welcome on our mountains, foreigner.”
My next door neighbors have about three dozen pairs of shoes which they insist on piling up to my very door. When I try to move their shoes to make room for my own, I find my shoes pushed into a corner and their shoes back in the old spot later in the day. My neighbors consistently leave bags of garbage in the hallway for hours and sometimes days; I left one bag of garbage in the hallway once for one hour, and the bag was rudely thrown in front of my door with a loud bang.
I have been to more than 20 countries, including Laos, as you mentioned, and nowhere have I encountered such rude, selfish people. No where, not even back in America. And that is saying something.
Taiwan is a beautiful country, but it’s a shame that a lot of the people here try so hard to ruin it. I for one will be on the first plane back to Thailand once my contract has expired in two months’ time.