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this is a great article about what taiwnese feel about american men and other foreigners
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So I asked some of my Taiwanese friends about all things they hate about foreigners and hereâ€™s what they told me:
10. Foreigners donâ€™t follow the traffic signals. If itâ€™s red, they go anyway. ( Iâ€™m thinking this has to do with jaywalking, as not too many foreigners drive. To be fair, the Taiwanese treat traffic laws as if they were funny suggestions anyway, so Iâ€™m not sure about this one.)
9. Foreigners act very friendly and buddy/buddy and then blow you off the next day. Even when you have really good conversations with them the next time you see them they sometimes act like they donâ€™t know you. Maybe its the alcohol involved. (Too true, there are a lot of people like that out there.)
8. Some foreigners are flaky. You canâ€™t trust them with your secrets or depend on them to be there for you. (Iâ€™m not sure if my friend was thinking of something specific that happened here. I wish I had asked for an example.)
7. (From a female Taiwanese friend) girls donâ€™t like it when a lot of foreign guys call them â€˜Honeyâ€™, â€˜Sweetie,â€™ or â€˜Babyâ€™. Iâ€™m not your baby, and I donâ€™t even know you! (Yep, that happens. There are a lot of mixed feelings about foreign men here in Taiwan.)
6. Some Taiwanese are very proud of their English. Theyâ€™ve studied it their whole lives so when they are talking to a foreigner they want to use it, and its insulting when the foreigner switches the conversation to Mandarin. (I totally understand. That happened to me in Poland too, where Iâ€™d start off the conversation in Polish, and theyâ€™d switch to English. Itâ€™s insulting.)
5. Foreigners/Americans make very good money as teachers here. They have a good life. Easy to get a job, easy to find a date, and everybody helps them. Itâ€™s not fair. (Itâ€™s not fair. Even as I take advantage of the system here I can understand the resentment.)
4. (From a male Taiwanese friend) a lot of the Americans think they are better than people here. They think they are special and want to be worshipped, even when they (the guys) are not so popular back home. (Um yeah, but more on that in a separate post.)
3. Foreign men picking up Asian girls. Asian guys hate that. They refer to the types of girls that go after foreign men as â€œpumasâ€, which translates as old dirty, worn-out slipper. Or, basically, dirty worn out ho-bags. (Ouch!)
2. Foreigners are loud and call attention t themselves in places where it is inappropriate like the MRT, buses, museums, and other areas. (Yep, Iâ€™m looking at you Americans! This is a worldwide reputation for a reason.)
1. Foreigners throw lots of loud parties that turn into orgies (this perception is the reason some Taiwanese wonâ€™t rent to foreigners), and they arenâ€™t trustworthy. (I meanâ€¦I guess. I havenâ€™t been to any orgy parties yet. Do you think Iâ€™m just not getting invited? Why wouldnâ€™t I get invited an orgy?? Doesnâ€™t seem fairâ€¦)
Iâ€™m sure there are many more things that Taiwanese people hate, but they werenâ€™t sharing that information with me.
What are your thoughts and experiences?
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And this is news worthy because?
What I see is some blanket statements mixed in with some stereotypes of Western (IE: White) Men.
I can sort of understand the insincere use of the language (Baby, Honey Sweetie) but that's a complete misunderstanding and an assumption by Taiwanese by knowing English they fully understand Western culture.
The rest of it is typically prattle from natives of Westerns. You can do the same unscientific poll in any country with a healthy amount of Western foreigners (Temp) and Expats (Indefinite).
Waaa I won't rent to these guys they don't respect our Eastern traditions, when Eastern culture is very introverted.
Move along people nothing to see here.
Taiwanese men have imported far more foreign brides than the small population of foreign men from first world nations there (excluding the construction workers from Vietnam).
Some degree of interracial marriage is not necessarily a bad thing. It means less inbreeding on an island.
I've been to Taiwan, not long enough, though, but it sounds like any other Asian country.
Foreigner= American= White man. There's no difference. To them, that is.
Even in the Philippines the word " foreigner" means "white man", means "American".
Most Asians are very, very provincial.
A brain is a terrible thing to wash!
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