Joined two days ago… that escalated quickly!
Joined two days ago… that escalated quickly!
why they are based here from foreign organizations explains why they are not interested in domestic issues.
Well, joining two days ago doesn’t mean I just found this site two days ago of course. He appears to be trolling me or have some agenda, so I just cut to the chase. There was nothing that I posted that warranted such an odd response from him.
I’m direct and honest about my support for democratic nations and liberty. I know there are many like myself who are members of this forum.
You are preaching to the choir. We’ll excuse that even though you just showed up.
It’s just weird that you walk into a place, read some posts, tell people what the story of how great Taiwan is and then tell them how to talk about. I don’t know where you got the idea anyone in this thread or on this site was not doing that. It just sounds like you’re writing an opinion piece for a newspaper.
I only do that for people who constantly with nothing worth reading, but you’re welcome to ignore me if you think I’m trolling. If you know ignore you’ve learned enough about the functions of the site. Maybe get to know the people a little better.
I don’t know about the foreign press, but the board has discussed foreign blue-collar worker issues from time to time. Here are some old threads (the board’s gotten so big that I’ve stopped keeping up with things):
That’s some old news. That Paul Clark thing was wild. If I remember someone invited him to join, a bunch of people jumped on him, he couldn’t handle it and quit. Weird thing he did, pretending he was from CNN, but for a good cause. I don’t know about then, but there are better ways of handling things like that now. Less obvious cameras too.
I don’t think Forumosa is a good argument to counter the OP’s question. The name could be changed to “Problems in Taiwan and how to find and do things”
Here are some snippets from foreign and local news sources (my purpose is not to pick on Taiwan, but rather to show that negative issues concerning Taiwan do get a certain amount of coverage):
–Gillian B. White, “All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor,” The Atlantic, June 30, 2015
–Central News Agency, “Migrant workers in Taiwan demand abolishment of broker system,” China Post, November 4, 2019
The quote immediately below is from an article posted earlier in this thread by @lostinasia
–Rachel Fobar, “Wildlife crimes and human rights abuses plague Taiwanese fishing vessels, crews say,” National Geographic, November 25, 2020
–Ann Maxon/staff reporter, “Filipino students forced to work, lawmaker says,” Taipei Times, March 5, 2019
–Yeh Su-ping, Joseph Yeh, Ko Lin and Christie Chen, “European Union removes Taiwan from illegal fishery watch list,” China Post, June 28, 2019
–Nick Aspinwall, “Baby or a job? Stark choice for Taiwan’s migrant workers,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, December 17, 2019
Those issues have been reported in English. People are just not much interested in them.
Yep. Taiwan tends to be under the radar for both the good and the bad.
The air quality problem is due to ‘stagnation’ folks.
Yep that must be the problem.
a writer wrote on environmental problems. Whether it can be deactivated extensively or not may be subjective, though.
The elephant in the room - a worrying demographic problem with no easy fix or motivation to do anything about it (immigrant workers don’t count).
Thanks for pulling up these threds but I did not have Forumosa in mind when I said some expats. I was thinking more other sites like reddit where so much of the posts are about trivial or sunshiney stuff.
With all due respect, this explains a lot.
Perhaps it’s because I’m on this forum and not on reddit, but I didn’t realize there was any shortage of expats discussing Taiwan’s faults. I feel like people in general (myself included) are pretty good at complaining about any place they live.
I’ve thought there are not much of long term expats in Taiwan, but many are travelers or recent arrivals or ABTs in US.
Yeah, the subreddit may as well be run by ministry of tourism. They ban you if you don’t follow their narrative.
Are you serious? Jeeez, I didn’t know it was that bad.
Well, I’m using absurdity for demonstrative effect, but they do stick to the narrative. It may be overstating to say that they ban people for that reason only. The community are Taiwan true-believers and the mods push that narrative. Posting something negative alone won’t get you banned, but defending it hard might and the mods are more lenient to the “Taiwan is great” camp. Independence-skeptics are downvoted into nonexistence. That’s true on most social media, though.