You might try looking for online discussion groups that focus on English language literature. There is a board here on Forumosa (Arts and Entertainment) where you can post your thoughts or questions about works you are reading. Plenty of people who participate on this website are well-read in the Western classics. From your participation here and on other boards, you may then encounter Taiwan-based people from various countries who are interested in literature whom you can meet with offline to discuss topics you are interested in. (Have you considered the possibility that there are some Taiwanese people who are well-read in English language literature and capable of having a discussion about what they have read in English? In other words, you may not need to limit your search to “foreigners.”)
The point is to let these sorts of interactions happen naturally, rather than forcing them, i.e. I don’t think you are going to be too successful approaching Westerners and asking them to speak English with you about a topic you, but not necessarily they, are interested in.
I once met a local scholar who has a great deal of expertise in Chinese history, art, and culture, subjects I am also interested in. After we became friends, we began a reading-based language exchange on topics we were both interested in that went on for a year or so, until he moved away to complete his PhD research. We are still friends, and the language exchange was successful because we genuinely like each other and have mutual interests.
By the way, we conducted our language exchanges in pubs, and we never met any dangerous foreigners while we were there, though we did meet up with a few belligerently drunk Taiwanese people.
P.S. You are getting teased by some of the posters here because it is a bit offensive to be valued by another person for what you can provide to them (i.e. a chance to practice your English), rather than to be valued for who you are as a person. You’ll be far better off by pursuing friendships with people, regardless of nationality, who are interested in English literature. I think you will quite naturally meet folks from different countries and, if you share common interests, will become friends. And you might try dropping your adherence to media-generated stereotypes (i.e. that foreigners in pubs are dangerous).[/quote]
yes i agree with you…i believe some foreigners will think i make friends with them just because they know english well…but i didn’t mean this…
thanks your advice i will try to find some topics they are interested in…
ps sorry about i am too rude…i didn’t mean foreigners in barsare dangerous i want to say is bars is the complicated places i didn’t tend to anyone^^