[quote=“TheAmericanNomad”]Wow dude, what is your problem? You still mad that I called your winters mild? Why so hostile? Did an American steal your girlfriend or something?
Well, first of all, those aren’t Taiwan sites.
Correct term for what?
Oh, you reckon we’re all exactly the same here so there should be some generalised blanket appelation by which you can refer to us.
Try “foreigners”, it’s good enough for our local co-patriates.
FWIW, most of the people who I know reserve the “expat” designation for foreigners working here on a limited contract for a foreign company.
A very small percentage of the posters here fit that profile.
And we never see most of those guys anyway.[/quote]
Actually, alloexpat does have a Taiwan section, but why would that really even matter? Its general term for people living abroad. According to Merriam-Webster The Intransitive verb for Expatriates, which Expat is short for, is defined as [quote]to leave one’s native country to live elsewhere; also : to renounce allegiance to one’s native country [/quote].
Seems like you would fit into the first part of it there. If it offends anyone I am sorry, but I can’t be blamed for using a word that many on here use, and is defined in the dictionary as what I am trying to say. It specifically says “live elsewhere” which is, what I think most people on this forum do. Foreigners on the other hand can be foreigners while just visiting a country, its a more general term than expat.
And yeah, there should be a word for people who live and work in another country, that is why there is a word for it. Dictionaries are helpful. I was asking about (if you prefer this term) Foreigner’s rights in Taiwan, either way you are generalizing with a blanket application of a word. You know, kind of what words do.
Also Foreigner is (also)a word that can be used with a negative connotation.
Yeah, I know the difference and I know you ain’t from the South.
You should get used it, though, it’s what a lot of folks out here in the world will use to refer to you.[/quote]
Actually, right now I live about 45 minutes north of the Southern Capital during the American Civil war, so yeah, no worries, I’m used to it. Are you implying that its better to be from the south?
Also, what do you mean by “here in the world”? Are you saying that America isn’t apart of the world? Are you saying I haven’t traveled abroad before? Or is Taiwan just the center of the world to you?
I have been more places than most. Perhaps not more than many here, but I have traveled to both Asia and Europe, All of North America, Nearly every state in the U.S. including Hawaii, I know what it is like “out there”
Well, jeez, if you don’t know, why’d you use it?
Despite your best efforts, I doubt you’ll find much fodder for your lamebrained supposition that non-citizens in the ROC are somehow abused and opressed by the government.
No moreso (and in some cases less so) than citizens themselves are.
Best find another tree.[/quote]
That wasn’t my goal at all, I think you have been spending too much time trolling internet forums, it has made you paranoid. I am actually very active in politics here in the U.S., and, wouldn’t mind going to a protest that I agreed with in Taiwan, wanted to know what my rights with that were.
I’ve fought for immigrants rights here, thought maybe I could in Taiwan as well. No biggie that I can’t, after all its not my place to tell them how to run their country. But I wouldn’t mind being out there and being “counted” for what it is worth.
For what it is worth, “lame brained” is two words, not one.[/quote]
Just when you think there’s no truth in stereotypes… :America: