According to a headline story in today’s local “news”, a long-serving employee of the Grand Hotel has said that Warren Christopher pissed in his pants (挫尿 in Taiwanese) when confronted by an angry, egg-throwing crowd at the hotel in December 1978 after the US announced its decision to switch diplomatic recognition from the ROC to the PRC.
The report describes how Christopher was sent by Carter to negotiate terms of the switch with CKS and was supposed to go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the negotiations, but was blocked by large crowds of protesters. His car got pelted by the protesters, and his eyebrow was cut by broken glass. He sought sanctuary in the US Taiwan Military Defense Command headquarters (where the Taipei Fine Arts Museum now stands), and wanted to abort the negotiations and leave Taiwan. But he was ordered by Washington to stay and negotiate, with the negotiating venue switched to the Grand Hotel. The hotel employee reported that his suit trousers were wet at the crotch when he gave them to hotel staff to be cleaned before his meeting with CKS.
I’ve read various reports about the hostility faced by Americans (or Westerners assumed to be Americans) in Taiwan at that time, who got cursed, spat at and worse if they dared venture outside their homes. It must have been quite scary.
If I prioritized the acquisition of wealth above other purposes in life, I might still have come to Taiwan to study Chinese, but I doubt I would have remained here.