NFI & Jolie; think before you speak. Firstly I want to thank you both for you participation in this topic. I think we can all learn a lot. I think you have a real cheek posting this kind of rhetoric on this site.
We are guests on this island. If you choose not to have any interest in the language, culture, or people of Taiwan, then that is your choice. However, by making that choice, you are in no position to judge anything Taiwanese. If you think you get it all from the Taipei TImes, then you are wrong.
You are probably also the kind of people who criticise foreigners in your home country who don’t speak english,and then don’t fit in. Think about that.
Apart from the fact that you are trouble stirrers you are quite amusing. It is actually really sad how much you are missing out on. Taipei is not a pretty city, and no one denies that, but it has some of the most beautiful people, who speak the most enchanting language, who have managed to build a powerhouse economy from scratch. Now that in itself presents to me an environment in which I can learn a lot.
Regarding you to personally, be careful. Firstly, its obvious who you are. You advertise your opinions so freely, and one, it doesn’t say much for your companies that you have so much time on your hands, and two, that they would employ someone who obviously has major problems living in a foreign environment. I feel sorry for you, and your companies.