Super Hans wrote:
poago wrote:You really think these people can't express their love for Taiwan because they don't understand who they are and thank god this foreigner has shown them the light? Quick, get James Cameron and Kevin Costner, we've got just the movie plot for them!
I just think it is difficult for Taiwanese people to display a love for their country due to some social constraints. It's not like other countries, such as the United States, where citizens routinely glorify and salute the Star Spangled Banner.[color=#0000FF]I hope you are not serious with the above statement.I find the Taiwanese to be one of the most affectionate group(almost obsessive) when it comes to displaying their affection and pride for Taiwan.Just stand in front of Sogo( as I have done for a study of Taiwanese culture and my thesis) and ask anyone:
1/Do you love or like Taiwan?
2/Are you proud to be Taiwanese?
3/If you had a choice would you like to live in another country and if so which one?
4/Would you like Taiwan to reunify with the Mainland?
I would be more than happy to send you the results.
The United States (and yes I am an American) is in such shit shape and doesn't look to be improving in the short or long term.I doubt you would have many Americans routinely glorifying or saluting anything these days.
This foreigner serves as a catalyst and the focus of loving Taiwan is moved from the Taiwanese to an outsider, therefore making it easier to show expression without the spotlight being placed on them. This isn't about the Taiwanese being 'shown the light,' or about Taiwanese people not understanding who they are, although I think Taiwan does suffer - and quite understandably, some huge identity issues and in some way, any outsider 'loving Taiwan' can be seen as recognition and the guy who made this video is playing into this.
There are hundreds of meaningful ways to show one's affection for this island, but reinforcing foreigner stereotypes for self promotion videos isn't one of them. Asian-Americans would cringe just as much if they saw some Asian guy walking around New York filming himself saying in a horrible accent "I RUV AMURIKA!" and then accusing people of not being able to show they care.
We all know that foreigners are slightly dumb, naive, strange cuddly people from other countries who wonder around aimlessly being English teachers. Yes, it would be cringe-worthy if an Asian America ran around filming himself shouting "I RUV America!" But Asian Americans don't have a novelty value in the US. They don't turn up regularly on talk shows because they are Asian American and just because their English is good. Or they married an American. Or they had children. Or they became naturalised and obtained citizenship.
Foreigners have novelty value here and the culture, views and stereotypes of foreigners here compared to back home are totally alien to one another.
Speak about yourself when you trash foreigners as you have done in your comment above.Not all foreigners in Taiwan are wandering(not wonder)aimlessly or are English teachers or marry a local.I have been here less than 3 years and make a USD 6 figure salary.Not sponsored by any company but by effort, hard work and fortitude.You reap what you sow.
I once saw a promotional video commissioned by the KMT. It showed a foreigner walking around, and if I remember correctly, the gist of what the foreigner was saying - and I may be wrong - was how warm and lovely the Taiwanese people are, and how great it was to live in Taiwan and become Taiwanese, and how helpful and accepting the Taiwanese are, and how this foreigner had moved from the United States because - well I can't remember exactly what was said - something about being bored of the life over there or something, and how he had served in the army here.
Now I can't imagine and Asian-American being featured in a promotional video of this kind in the United States or back home. A novelty value foreigner walking around saying how nice America has been to him, and being used to try to sway votes?
No less cringe-worthy in my opinion.