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Your nice stories needed

Postby Kaohsiungeditor » 15 Jan 2008, 11:56

I am looking for anyone with a positive story about how a Taiwanese person has helped them adjust to life in a new country. As we all know, Taiwanese people are incredibly kind and go out of their way to help. This is your chance to share something positive about your experience. All I need is five sentences and a picture to share your story. Please email kaohsiungeditor@gmail.com.

I am also looking for Taiwanese people who have stories about how they have helped a foreigner.

The stories will be used in a local publication, with your permission of course.

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing your stories!
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Postby irishstu » 15 Jan 2008, 12:01

May I ask what these stories will be used for?

EDIT: OP has since added more info.
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Re: Your nice stories needed

Postby Buttercup » 15 Jan 2008, 12:10

Kaohsiungeditor wrote:As we all know, Taiwanese people are incredibly kind and go out of their way to help.


Eh? What makes you say that?

Many Taiwanese people were lovely, once I got to know them, and learned a little Chinese. However, when I first arrived in Taiwan, people stared and pointed at me in the street, locals tried to rip me off and my boss was a lying, cheating bully. The first week I got here, I had an accident in the street and people actually stepped over me. It took forty minutes to crawl home, covered in blood. I could also write about how four hospitals refused to treat me.

I stayed in Taiwan for seven years and loved the place, but kind and helpful to strangers? I always found Taiwanese people outside my immediate circle reserved and reluctant to get involved unless face was involved. Are you sure you're not thinking of Thailand? I have some lovely stories.
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Postby sandman » 15 Jan 2008, 12:22

What kind of publication? What's the name of it? For profit or non-profit?
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Postby Lei Gong » 15 Jan 2008, 12:59

I had only been in Taiwan for about a week. I was renting a scooter and I ran into a taxi that did not stop at a red light. It was not very serious. The scooter was broken, my shirt was ripped and I had bruised ribs. A young Taiwanese man immediately came up to me and offered help. He told me that I had the choice to call the police or ask the taxi driver to pay for the damages. I chose to ask for money and the taxi driver paid me after the young man briefly negotiated with him on my behalf. I had no cell phone and I did not know a word of Chinese so I really needed help.

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Postby Dr. McCoy » 15 Jan 2008, 13:07

I was walking down Linsen South road and a man asked me if I wanted a pretty girl. He was a total stranger.
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Postby Wookiee » 15 Jan 2008, 13:29

Dr. McCoy wrote:I was walking down Linsen South road and a man asked me if I wanted a pretty girl. He was a total stranger.


You too, huh?
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Postby sandman » 15 Jan 2008, 13:44

He didn't tell me she was pretty. He only told me she was nine. And very cheap. I said "no thanks." It wasn't until later that I realized he might have been offering me somebody to sweep my chimney.

That's five. How's that?
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Postby Fox » 15 Jan 2008, 14:03

I was driving home drunk and a policeman stopped me. He smiled at me embarrassed and waved me through, yelling, "Wai Guo Ren!"
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Postby Funk500 » 15 Jan 2008, 14:57

I was having a cycling holiday in Nice a few years back, when I happened upon some Taiwanese backpackers. I looked at one of the young people and said
"Qu'est-ce que c'est ?"
To which the Taiwanese person said,
"C'est une porte!".
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