jason88888 wrote: You said you think the sentiment towards foreigners has maybe become less positive than in the past, any idea why? Thanks
There are more of us here, and familiarity breeds contempt. Or at least it tends to knock the stars out of people’s eyes. Also, far more Taiwanese have lived and traveled overseas, have seen plenty of the ugly side of Westerners and their societies, and are much less likely to blindly worship any and every Johnny Foreigner who finds his way to Taiwan.
Then, of course, there’s Apple Daily, TVBS, and their like. They have a big influence in shaping the views and catering to the prejudices of the not-so-well-able-to-think-for-themselves masses, and they do so love digging up the dirt on foreigners in Taiwan. They’ll seize upon and make headlines of any kind of misbehaviour by a foreigner that they can get wind of. No matter how trivial or otherwise the foreigner’s infractions may be, it’s all good fodder for their reporters, editors and producers. They’ll exaggerate and distort in whatever way is necessary to enhance its value to them, and they’ll even make it up from scratch on a slow news day when they need something to catch the attention of their audience.
In this age of the ubiquitous camera and the Internet, where you’re hardly ever out of shooting distance of someone with at least a cellphone camera at the ready, it’s much harder than before for a foreigner to be naughty in public without it being recorded and put on display for all to see. And once the incriminating pictures or video are put up on YouTube or a blog, as they almost always will be, the bigger news organs will soon be able to sniff them out and make of them what they will.
These things add up, and the public’s general impression of the kinds of foreigners coming here is inevitably affected by it.
There are probably other causes too, but these are the ones that immediately spring to mind.