touduke wrote:Other than Chris, ironlady seems to have a complete “off” day.Why are you here", "What are you doing here?", "How much do you pay for rent?", "Why can you speak English?", "Wow! Your English is so good!", "How long until you go home?", "How often do you visit home?", "Can you read and write English?", "Can I see your ID?", "You don't look British, I don't believe you", or "You should find a British girlfriend"
No, these are not norms of polite conversation in Taiwan! You can check for yourself by asking Taiwanese people this kind of questions. Try to do this when microaggression casts his ugly shadow on your existence. Just once!
Try the following: enter a noodle store and go to the next person (unknown to you) and ask (smiling and nodding your head) in Chinese: “are you originally from Taipei? Oh Pingdong – how often do you visit home. How much money do you make these days? Are you married?”
The key word here is "people you don't know" Taiwanese (just like we Westerners) can be irritated or puzzled by about any kind of verbal exchange with about anybody (and especially a unknown person or a non-Chinese). Try to chat up a unknown boy in his 20s in a restaurant with any kind of questions. Chances are that after the fifth question he will look frightened, start to tremble and a moment later you might see him dashing for the door.
mike029 wrote:In terms of the Hispanics, maybe you should, a tremendous amount of them do not speak English and are in the country illegally, putting that aside....
In the US, you see a dude in his 20's who is clearly Asian...chances are hes American.
In Taiwan, you see a dude in his 20's who is clearly Caucasian, chances are.. (I'll let you try to fill in the blank here)
This is the difference between you and I. I don't assume I know someone else's situation, let alone their personal immigration status (or lack thereof), and honestly, I don't care because it's none of my business.
I don't walk around Arizona carding Hispanics in broken Spanish threatening citizen's arrest.
I look Hispanic and would not appreciate some idiot doing that to me.
Mucha Man wrote:For me it is simple. If I have a hangover or a cold or just want to be left alone i consider these questions a form of assault. When i feel like a normal himan being i treat them as ironlady and others describe them: conversation starters and social lubricants.
Living in taiwan can be a bit like living in a hostel. Same conversation over and over but really what do you expect? Everything gets tiresome but that doesnt mean the 100th german you've met on the road is an asshole for asking where you are from.
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