I was driving along cursing the way ‘they’ drive the other day, and mulling over a recent thread about ignorance among Taiwanese, and decided that I should post this.
Do you think that ‘we’, foreigners with (generally) a better education and more sophisticated outlook than many of our stay-at-home countrymen, tend to forget the realities of life ‘back home’? It’s very easy to say that because I, for instance, know the date on which WWII started then everyone else must too. Or because I can do all the basic arithmetic I generally need without a calculator then everyone must be able to as well.
And then we meet a Taiwaneser who can’t equal these prodigious feats of intelligence, and start labelling ‘Taiwanese’ generally as less educated, or educated differently, or unsophisticated, or intellectually lazy, or narrow-minded, as somehow inferior.
‘We’, the average expat, are not representative of what is considered normal in our own countries. Nevertheless, there is a tendency to judge all of Taiwanese society on the assumption that everyone back home is just like us. Like no-one in a western country has an inadequate education, or uninformed opinions, or a lack of opinions about important issues, or stupid superstitious beliefs, or poor driving habits, or eats disgusting unhealthy food, or has no artistic sensibilities, or leads a boring life. etc.