[quote=“SuchAFob”]You know, Taiwan isn’t the most comfortable place for a white girl. You should ask yourself a few questions:
- does she like people staring at her?
- does she like to talk to strangers?
- does she have a lot of patience for ignorant people?
If she answer to any of those three is no, then don’t bring her here.[/quote]
You get all of this as a white man as well. I’m sure the same applies to most other non-Asian ethnicities.
It may help to realize that after you get through phase two of culture shock (i.e. the phase where a lot of things related to living overseas are incredibly irritating), you are much better equipped to put this sort of stuff into perspective.
Ask any of the long-termers, and they’ll tell you that sure, it ain’t fun to be singled out visually or verbally, but it really isn’t a big deal.
We don’t know your girlfriend, so we don’t really know how well-equipped she is to get through the adjustments living in Taiwan forces upon a person.
At risk of sounding avuncular, I’d advise those who are having trouble with the above-mentioned facts of life that never change when you live in Taiwan and you don’t look Taiwanese, to take a good look at whether living in Taiwan is worth it for you, and if it is, hang in there. It will get better, not because of a change of environment, but because you’ll figure a lot of things out, and experience a great deal of personal growth in the process.