[quote=“Mucha Man”]Well we have had about 300,000 SE Asian brides join the family and they are about the only ones having babies these days. CSL (Chinese as a second language) classes are standard in a lot of communities because of this. Taiwan’s ethnic and linguistic makeup is a lot more diverse than people realize. But yeah, more white-man immigration would be good.
Some of the reactions yes. Certainly. But some don’t seem to be what the rest of us experience often which is why we are wondering if the problem rests with him. Again at some point, when your experience does not match that of others in the same situation, you have to wonder if the fault is not your own.[/quote]
More white man immigration? There are two types of expats here, ones here for a short term 2 or 3 years, and those who are here for the long term like Touduke. Those short termers usually have that I’m a foreigner mindset and are quite happy here ( but always feel like, well., foreigners ) even though the locals are nice and friendly. Always something to whinge about.
Then there are foreigners like myself Mucha Man and others who just go about our lives the same as any other local, because we are locals. We forget that when we walk the streets we aren’t from here originally. We probably sometimes too “stare” at other foreigners just like other locals do
Here we are calm and happy here, yet Touduke is in heartbreak alley because people treat him for what he is. A foreigner and not a local. There are subtle differences that can be detected. I doubt he gets all these things that have happened to him on a daily basis, more likely it’s happened over his years of living here. We’ve all had similar instances of going to a restaurant and and one staff member wetting their pants because a white person comes and and they go jelly headed so much they cant even understand Chinese anymore let alone English.
Have I been into a McDonalds and had the counter staff leave to get somebody who speaks English before they even ask me if I can speak Chinese? Sure. I’ve also had others want to help me order my food. No need to get your knickers in a knot over it. MAybe Touduke should just expect to be spoken to in English by locals here. I know when I have met other foreigners and just started speaking to them in Mandarin first, they get all inflamed and upset that I am so rude as to not speak to them in English.
I was with a friend Ivan Buskins, his office partner Grace, and a Ivans client from Belgium at the Tavern for some eats. The conversation is all in English.
Suddenly Ivans client switches to Flemish with Ivan. So Grace and I just start chatting away in both Malay and Mandarin about what we wanted to eat and where we would go to out after dinner. Ivans client suddenly flips his lid and barks out how rude it is that Grace and I started speaking in a language he didnt understand.
So I asked him did he think that Grace and I understood Flemish? White mans thinking is really fucked up sometimes. It’s not only the locals that can give you interesting moments.