Many years of living here and I always find myself puzzled why Taiwan always gets such good press from expats and reporters, even from people who have never been to Taiwan. Yes, the government’s Covid-19 response was great but that does not mean everything is sunshiny and wonderful.
We on forumosa have experienced this when some expats elsewhere mock us for being negative about Taiwan. It is as if those people never ever see or experience any of the problems in Taiwan like racism, discrimination, work politics, pollution or corruption.
The foreign press corps also never appear to report on anything negative.
The abuse of South East Asian migrant workers not to mention constant discrimination, has long been an open secret but none of these international agencies report on it.
The population decline is hardly covered which is probably good for the locals since its means exposing Taiwanese xenophobic attitudes towards foreigners and immigrants.
Environmental pollution and water shortages are also very serious problems for which causes cannot just be blamed on the weather. We just say terrible air on the weekend and last week in the north and that is almost certainly due to local industrial activity.
Almost all the top government officials like Tsai Ingwen, William Lai and Yotaka seem to spend a ton of time on social media posting comments and dog pictures on twitter and get praised for it. I think if officials in the countries we came from spent so much time doing the same thing, they would be blasted by the press.
So what are the reasons why Taiwan’s faults are always covered up?