Readers of ex-pat blogs notice that we tend to complain about a lot of things. I certainly have my share of gripe posts on our blog. Heck, I’ve even based an entire series around complaining, called Sound Off! But, it’s very important for our readers to understand just how much I love Taiwan, and admire the Taiwanese people. So much so, that I’m making a list:
10 Things I Admire About Taiwanese People
(Not in any particular order)
- Taiwanese People Are Friendly
- I’ve never found a single Taiwanese person who was unwilling to talk with me. I can’t say that about other countries I’ve visited. You can walk over to a person and just butt in and ask them about what they are doing. If they are not too busy, you’ll find them more than happy to answer your dumb questions. And they will smile while doing so.
- Taiwanese People Don’t Want My Money
- They have their own, and lots of it too. I’ve never encountered a Taiwanese person who begged me for money. See #3.
- Taiwanese People Are Generous
- I’ve had to tell Shao-hui to not accept money from people who want to pay my bill in her restaurant, because of the number of times I’ve gone to pay only to find that someone else cleared my bill without saying anything. Yes, I realize that this might be foreigner appreciation but I’ve never been appreciated in like manner in any of the other countries I’ve visited.
- Taiwanese People Are Very Hard Working
- I should say very hard working. That money they have is very well earned.
- Taiwanese People Are Honest
- I’ve never had anything stolen in Taiwan. I’ve had store clerks run out of the store and chase me down because I left 10 NT dollars on the counter by mistake.
- Taiwanese People Are Technologically Sophisticated
- I love being able to go into a photo shop with any kind of data card or disc and just handing it to the guy behind the counter without any questions being asked. I also love being able to use my G3 video phone for real-time video calls. Even more, I love window shopping at all the high-tech gadget stores, and being able to ask questions of salespeople who actually understand the technology. Saying that Taiwanese people are technologically sophisticated is putting it mildly.
- Taiwanese People Are Polite
- Taiwanese people don’t blow their noses on the restaurant floor (unlike some other people I’ve encountered in a neighboring country). I know that’s an extreme example, but it does make a point. Recent arrivals tend to stand out from the crowd.
- Taiwanese People Are Attractive
- This might sound weird, but I like how Taiwanese people look. If you are a foreigner in Taiwan you understand what I mean. I personally find the women beautiful and the men handsome.
- Taiwanese People Are Funny
- I can tell all my old stupid jokes in Chinese and bring the house down. Taiwanese love to joke around.
- Taiwanese People Are Smart
- I’ve heard countless stories of travelers trying to communicate with local people by non-verbal means – sign language of sorts. I myself have found it difficult at times to get simple points across in some countries. After trying to describe my thoughts using what should be universalisms, I’m often met with totally blank stares. Not in Taiwan. Here I can give someone a look and a simple hand gesture and they got my meaning. I can have another bottle of Taiwan beer brought over to the table with a simple pat on the top of the empty bottle. I can have my bill totaled with a simple wave of a finger. Amazing.