mike029 wrote:I have never met more arrogant people in my life than ABCs in Taiwan (well...besides Brits). I hate how they storm places like Luxy and refuse to be friends with anyone who isn't an ABC. God forbid you ask an ABC friend to go to a different bar besides Marquee, Myst, Luxy, Spark, Primo or some other NT$400 a drink bar. They have such a sense of entitlement like they were born in the west and are back here to take over. Most of them are rich, spoiled fuckups at home and their parents sent them here. Their parents moved to the US and made very good lives for themselves (which is hard for a first generation immigrant in the US), then they spoiled the hell out of their kids. They firmly believe they should automatically get a management position in any field JUST because they're ABC. It's strange, the ABC club is a weird group. They all know each other, and they always talk SO MUCH SHIT to me about their friends like I actually know anyone. All ABC girls are named Jessica. All ABC guys are named David. How many friggin David Chen's are there?!
Wow, you have this sub-group really figured out. Are you here on a grant doing a PhD in Social Anthropology?
In your time here you have befriended so many, yet have not been able to befriend any because they are too stuck up, but you everything about their collective backgrounds, family life, social structure, spending habits, interactions and even child-naming processes.
I am truly impressed.
What's more you have been so unbiased in your conclusions, not letting any personal feelings or frustrations interfere. Nor do you harbor any grudges towards them.
I also like the fact that you recognize that maybe they hang out together, because that is in large part what they did in the US. Maybe they act different than ROC nationals because they are indeed from a different culture. Shocking that they look so similar to ROC nationals, yet could be so different.
What is best about your well thought out, fact filled posts is the fact that you show no hatred towards wealthy or privileged people, and harbor zero resentment towards anyone who may live a more lavish lifestyle than yourself, because in a metropolitan area of near 7M people, it would seem shocking that people of means may wish to spend upwards of $100 covers on a night like NYE rather than drink outside of a 7-Eleven on one of the colder nights of the year.
Thanks for the great post, and please link me to your blog if you have one.
Good luck on the PhD!