Taiwan Has the Friendliest People in the World


sun moon lake temple

From the moment I landed in Taiwan I heard nothing but amazing things from everyone I met about how amazing the Taiwanese are. I was a bit skeptical at first and the intimidating language barrier prevented me from making much of an effort with the locals.

However, I soon experienced it for myself when I arrived in Taichung.

streets of taichung

Due to a mix up caused by me buying the wrong train ticket and ending up arriving at the wrong train station, I arrived in Taichung with useless directions and having no idea where I was. Trying not to freak out I decided to take a taxi.

Out of a dozen or so taxi drivers, not one of them could speak English.

Twenty minutes later I was still stood on the street, but now I was surrounded by dozens of Taiwanese taxi drivers. Five or six of them had handed me their phones so I could talk to their English-speaking friends to describe where I needed to go. Of course, none of them actually understood what I was saying and I was getting more and more frustrated.

It’s at times like these when I really wonder why I ever wanted to travel! 

taichung market

At that moment a Taiwanese girl about my age approached me after having noticed the commotion I was causing. After she realised what the problem was she whispered in my ear that I shouldn’t take a taxi and had a look at the address I had written down. Not recognising the name of the street she told me to follow her back to her apartment so she could find out where it was.

As we walked along together I was silently freaking out, as different scenarios played out in my mind. Was she going to drug me and keep me as her sex slave? Maybe she going to sell me on the slave market? Was I about to become part of a real life human centipede?!

We reached her apartment and I took a deep breath as I entered, wondering if it was going to be my last ever taste of fresh air.

I soon learnt that she was artist and had the most amazing apartment filled with her artwork and sculptures. She motioned for me to take a seat and poured me a cup of tea. Reluctantly I sipped at it, wondering if I’d be able to detect the rohypnol.

She opened up her laptop and we went onto Google Maps to see the location of my hostel. Once she’d worked out where it was, she grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and drew me a map with directions to the bus stop so I could catch a bus there. She also wrote down the address in Chinese so that I would be able to ask someone for help if I were to get lost.

We spoke for an hour or so whilst we drank our tea, then she handed me the map and we said our goodbyes.

I was in shock that this girl went entirely out of her way to help me, whilst getting nothing back in return.

If it hadn’t have been for her I would have been wandering the streets of Taichung for hours and hours.

sun moon lake

Once I’d settled down in Taichung I received a message on Twitter from Lia – a girl that I had been talking to since arriving in Taiwan. After finding out that she actually lived in Taichung we arranged to meet the following day so she could show me around her hometown.

I soon discovered that she’d actually taken the day off work just so that she could spend the day hanging out with me. 

During our day together Lia showed me all of her favourite shops and places to eat that I definitely wouldn’t have discovered if I’d been walking around alone. We went for lunch and Lia insisted on paying for everything as well as for our amazing drinks at a tiny Taiwanese tea shop we visited that evening.

tea shop taichung

During our time spent together I happened to mention that I had hoped to visit Sun Moon Lake whilst staying in Taichung, but that I didn’t think I’d be able to make it as it was really tricky to get to via public transport.

A while later I discovered that Lia had phoned her boss to book the following day off work too – just so that she could take me to Sun Moon Lake herself.

Not only that, but she had also arranged for her Mum to drive us there and spend the day driving us around whilst we explored the area.

sun moon lake in taiwan

I couldn’t believe the kindness and generosity that was shown to me by Lia and her family, and it was extended even further at our day at Sun Moon Lake.

Her Mum insisted on buying me lunch as well as paying for us both to take an amazing cable car ride over the lake and nearby mountains.

As I said goodbye to Lia and her Mum they handed me a present they’d secretly bought without me noticing – a small keyring with my name on it in Chinese characters.

I was very sad to say goodbye to Lia and the next time I’m in Taiwan I’ll definitely be making the trip down to Taichung to see her again.

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These two incidents were not isolated events.

Wherever I went in Taiwan, I experienced people approaching me just to say hello and see where I was from. At any time where I was walking around completely lost with a map, people would come up to me to see where I needed to go – and if they couldn’t explain in English how to get there they would take me there themselves. I was even invited to my hostel owner’s grandmother’s house one evening to celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival so that I wouldn’t be alone.

I ended up staying for almost a month in Taiwan and part of my reason for doing so was simply because the people were so amazing. I’ve never visited a country where literally every single person wants to go out of their way to help you, and everyone I’ve spoken to about the country has agreed with me. I can therefore say with confidence that the Taiwanese are the nicest people in the world.

What country have you found to have the friendliest people?

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125 Comments

  1. Abhijit
    October 23, 2011
    Reply

    I’ve found Ladakhi people to be really really friendly! Ladakh, a part of India actually, is a fairly-difficult to reach area located in northenmost part of India, amidst the Himalayas. When I went there last year, their hospitality and friendliness completely floored me! :)

    • Lauren
      October 24, 2011
      Reply

      Wow, that sounds like an amazing experience!

  2. John D. Wilson
    October 24, 2011
    Reply

    I’ll take friendly people and locals over tourist sites any day of the week. It always makes the trip with friendly locals – even if there is not much to see, friendly people are always a joy.
    Good story .
    Always enjoy taking the “scenic” route – IE getting lost.
    It will always happen while traveling, and you never know what good things are going to pop up.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      Me too!

  3. Mike
    October 24, 2011
    Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this post!!!

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      Good! ;)

  4. Roy | The Riding Dutchman
    October 24, 2011
    Reply

    She’s so amazing for doing that! I just lighted up after reading your post.

    I find friendly people everywhere. I have to say though, in most of Asia people are the friendliest. :-)

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      I know! I was so shocked by everyone’s friendliness.

  5. Julia
    October 24, 2011
    Reply

    So lovely. It helps so much when the locals are friendly and really makes a difference to your visit because they end up telling you about places and restaurants you never would have found on your own. It also makes it a little less daunting!

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      Definitely – I saw so many things that I would have never seen had I been alone!

  6. Claire @ Two4Travel
    October 24, 2011
    Reply

    That is so amazing! This really makes me want to visit Taiwan! I’ve never been to Asia and it hasn’t really been at the top of my list, but now that I know how friendly they are it has definitely scooted up near the top of my bucket list. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      I’m so glad, it was my first place I visited in Asia and became my favourite country instantly!

  7. Jennifer
    October 24, 2011
    Reply

    I am so glad I came across your blog. I have been contemplating China for my vacation next year. I just can’t decide where I want to go. I hear so many bad things about the people, yet I always hear wonderful things about Taiwan. Thanks for posting this :)

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      Definitely go to Taiwan over China!

  8. Tiffany
    October 25, 2011
    Reply

    That sounds amazing! I just worked with a couple of Taiwanese girls (in an Australian ski resort!) that were extremely friendly, it’s nice to know that when we get there we can expect to meet more great people too. Thanks for the post!

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      That’s great that you’ll be heading there, every single person I met was so incredibly friendly.

  9. Jordan
    October 25, 2011
    Reply

    Sounded like the language barrier was a big problem in Taiwan. Good thing the people are nice!

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      It wasn’t too bad, I managed ok!

  10. Tyler @ roundtheworldtravelchallenge.com
    October 26, 2011
    Reply

    Wow, normally when people are overly friendly, I tend to be skeptical but this just looks like wholesome generosity and friendliness. Love it.

    I also love the fact that you used the word “whilst”.:P

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      Hey Tyler… I got scammed in China after I visited Taiwan as it made me too trusting! I’m back to being skeptical now! :)

      • amelie
        June 25, 2013
        Reply

        Such a sweet post! Thank you for writing this down. Btw, the people in China and Taiwan are very different! Long time ago we share the same origin, but nowadays the customs and habits, even the culture are very different. – A Taiwanese who visited China several times.

  11. Sarah
    October 26, 2011
    Reply

    Lauren, that sounds awesome!

    It sounds like our experiences in Taiwan we’re pretty similar! Everyone was just SO helpful and courteous! I was so sad to leave!

    When I was in Taiwan I had planned to hike this mountain but had no idea how to get to the base of it via public transport! This kind old man took me along the subway and bus and even walked to the base of the mountain with me! He then started apologizing profusely that he was not in good shape to join me for the hike! Too sweet!

    Anyways, I am so excited that you had a positive experience there!

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      I’m so glad you had the same experience in Taiwan! It’s so amazing how they would go COMPLETELY out of their way to help total strangers!

  12. jade
    October 27, 2011
    Reply

    I love when I meet new people from a new to me city and they are so happy and nice and accomidating. I would love to visit Taiwan sooner rather than later!

    • Lauren
      October 30, 2011
      Reply

      I love that too, it makes your experience a million times better if the people are great :)

  13. Kurt W
    November 1, 2011
    Reply

    Lauren,

    I have been in Taiwan for two years and traveled all throughout Asia. The people in Taiwan are extremely friendly and warm-hearted as your story indicates. Excellent post. Cheers!

    • Lauren
      November 24, 2011
      Reply

      Great to hear that you had a similar experience, Kurt!

    • lee
      July 29, 2016
      Reply

      taiwan is one of safest place to visit, low crime rate. CANNOT say the same thing about china

  14. Gladys
    November 2, 2011
    Reply

    Lauren, i defenately agreed with you bout the kindess and friendliness of Taiwanese. That’s the reason why i have to go Taiwan almost every year! I received many kindness, similiar to yours when i was there too!

    All the way and good luck for your trips ahead!

    • Lauren
      November 24, 2011
      Reply

      I’m so jealous that you get to go every year, and so glad you also experienced the amazing kindness of the Taiwanese :)

      • Gladys
        May 19, 2012
        Reply

        I am missing Taiwan so much, more than a year have not visited. Aim to do it by end of the year =)

        Enjoy!

  15. Stephen
    November 3, 2011
    Reply

    Good to hear this. I’m making ans to visit Taiwan in the near future.

    • Lauren
      November 24, 2011
      Reply

      Great! You’ll love it there.

  16. Nomadic Samuel
    November 3, 2011
    Reply

    Well, you’ve made me feel incredibly guilty for leaving Taiwan on such a spur of the moment decision :P Actually, this is an inspiring post and a reason why many of us continue to stay on the road as long as we have. I think that if some of my working conditions had of been better I would have given that school a proper chance :)

    • Lauren
      November 24, 2011
      Reply

      Definitely – you were so tired and fed up that I think the best decision for you was to head back home for a rest :) You can head over to Taiwan another time.

  17. Angie Orth
    November 8, 2011
    Reply

    Stories like this remind me why we travel!

    • Lauren
      November 24, 2011
      Reply

      Definitely :)

  18. Jade Johnston
    November 9, 2011
    Reply

    Sounds like you are having an amazing time!

    • Lauren
      November 24, 2011
      Reply

      I really am! :)

  19. Linda Mcmahon
    January 3, 2012
    Reply

    You sure are conquering Asia with your trip to Taiwan. You should head next to China!

  20. Someday I'll Be There - Mina
    January 26, 2012
    Reply

    This is amazing! and finally for once someone actually helped you without having secret evil plans haha :D But don’t you agree than falling in trouble is more fun to write about? :D I mean Lia and her family were totally nice but you could have had more stories to tell if they kidnapped you or something :P (just kidding by the way…i love nice people)

  21. Wayne
    April 2, 2012
    Reply

    Lauren,
    Came across your blog randomly – and being Taiwanese I can’t tell you how heartwarming it is to hear that you enjoyed Taiwan and how friendly you found the people to be!

    Super sorry about your scam in China :( But best of luck on your trip and if you ever feel like visiting Taiwan again remember that you’re always super welcome on our little, but I might say – rather beautiful, island!

    (Time to subscribe to your blog :D )

  22. Elle
    June 22, 2012
    Reply

    Awww these stories warm my heart. You’re making my decision about where I should do my TEFL a lot easier!

  23. Michael
    June 28, 2012
    Reply

    I’m a Taiwanese. My friend forwarded your webpage to me, and I found your experience also touching to me. We Taiwanese have a good tradition of hospitality, which you already experienced. It’s also a Chinese tradition. However, what you experienced in China is totally diffierient. I suspect that it might be caused by China’s cultural revolution decades ago. It would be too sad for me if we also lost that tradition.

    If you have another chance to go to China, I hope you expence similar hospitality in rual rather than urban area of China.

  24. Sarah
    September 1, 2012
    Reply

    Wow .. I find this fascinating !! I lived in china for over four yrs and if u ask any chinese person they will tell you taiwan IS china !! Then they go on and on about the history of how it all happened yrs ago .. Blah blah blah … I personal have seen and felt a huge difference between the two .. Its always a heated discussion to avoid with chinese ppl !!
    With my personal experiences in china there was always a “method to the madness” and a ” u scratch my back i will scratch urs” attitude! Sure i had lots of friendly folk help me but almost 90% of the time they wanted or needed smthg in return! Ugh

    Bottom line is there are good and bad, friendly and unfriendly, rich and poor everywhere !!!

    Lauren like i said before on previous posts .. I think you are an incredible individual and i love reading every word !! Xxxx :)

  25. ptoyoohri
    January 22, 2013
    Reply

    Hi, I’m Taiwanese. I read this article as my English reading practice.
    Every foreigners who traveled to Taiwan said Taiwanese are friendly.
    But I wonder…..is that true?? Or I didn’t feel that because I just get used to it?
    I also read another article about you were cheated in China. It was incredible. I couldn’t believe all the rumors are true. Maybe those Chinese wouldn’t admit that.

    BTW, Lia is really beautiful. Oh My God~

  26. Marvin
    February 12, 2013
    Reply

    I love Taiwan too. The people are friendly

  27. JT
    April 28, 2013
    Reply

    Lauren, it’s only because you’re white that they are so helpful, that girl wld never invited you back if you were Taiwanese… They love Americans!

    • Lauren
      April 28, 2013
      Reply

      I’m not American….

    • Andrew
      September 14, 2014
      Reply

      I’m Korean and when I visited Taiwan, the locals were extremely nice. They were extremely friendly and I even managed to meet some very interesting people during my time there. From what I see, the locals in Taiwan are much more friendlier and way less arrogant than what I would encounter in Korea.

      • Lauren
        September 17, 2014
        Reply

        That’s great to hear, Andrew :-)

  28. cathlyn
    July 30, 2013
    Reply

    They are really nice people, good looking, very dedicated to their work, polite, talkative, helpful, overall really great people >.< I wish to visit Taiwan every year, I'm southeast asian btw :) they are really accommodating and very hospitable, you are very fortunate that you've stayed in TW for a month!

    • Lauren
      August 8, 2013
      Reply

      Absolutely, the Taiwanese are wonderful! :-)

  29. Carla
    July 31, 2013
    Reply

    The only reason they were nice to you is because you are white. Taiwanese LOVE (mmmh no, thats nor the word… WORSHIP is more likely) white people. Truth is, Taiwanese are racist living in denial of their own racism. If you were to make a poll asking foreigners living in Taiwan whether they think Taiwanese are racist or not, half of them (white people) will tell you that they are the nicest people in the planet, while the other half (black, hispanic, middle eastern, chinese from ML China, philippines, indonesian, etc) will tell you that Taiwanese are just a bunch of assholes.

    • Lauren
      August 1, 2013
      Reply

      Funny that, because I was travelling with two girls, one from Ghana and one from Pakistan and they both experienced the same levels of kindness as I did.

    • Andrew
      September 14, 2014
      Reply

      Actually as a Korean, I was shocked at the kind treatment I received. Yeah the Taiwanese are not so friendly to Mainlanders but there is a good reason to that since Chinese tourists have a very bad rep in that country. Out of all the countries I have visited in Asia, Taiwan would be the country where I was treated the best and I experienced no racism there compared to China and Japan. The locals did their best to make me feel welcome and are very eager to know more about my country. Trust me, Taiwan is definitely not the place where locals give preferential treatment to whites only. I live in a country where locals do that all the time and Taiwan is not one of those places at all.

      • Lauren
        September 17, 2014
        Reply

        Thanks for sharing your experience, Andrew, and I’m pleased to hear you also had a wonderful experience in Taiwan!

  30. Emily
    September 10, 2013
    Reply

    i guess i can say that hospitality is the nature of taiwanese (not trying to be arrogant
    ). i did the similar things for a foreign sometimes like the artist u met in Taichung. i also wrote down the address in Chinese of where he wants to go or what she particularly wants to buy in store.

    • Lauren
      November 14, 2015
      Reply

      That’s so kind! :-)

  31. Jen
    November 13, 2013
    Reply

    Hello Lauren,

    I stumbled across your wonderful site today and on reading through various posts I came across this one relating to the kindness of the Taiwanese people.
    Two weeks ago I accepted a job offer to teach on Penghu for 12 months, so in 10 days packed up my life, and like you, cried my eyes out (yes, even at my age I can still cry like a baby) as I bid farewell to family and friends in Australia.
    On arrival in Taipei last week a taxi driver spent over half an hour driving down tiny streets and alleys in the hope of finding my somewhat elusive hotel. So as not to take up too much space here, in the end after a few phone calls to the hotel (on his phone) we found it well after midnight. Without him I probably would’ve spent the night on the street. He was so kind and helpful and would only take NT100 for his trouble.
    And my experience with Taiwanese hospitality did not stop there. Since arriving on Penghu I have encountered so many kind and friendly people who are more than willing to help. Feel free to visit my blog: http://jennhammerphotography.wordpress.com/ I know I shall be visiting yours regularly.
    Cheers,
    Jen

    • Lauren
      November 21, 2013
      Reply

      Hi Jen. That’s great to hear that you had similar experiences! What a lovely story :-)

  32. Kassie O'Driscoll
    November 25, 2013
    Reply

    Hi! My husband and I are headed to Taiwan over Thanksgiving. I found your blog during the “research” phase and I love it! Thanks so much for the info and if you have any tips/tricks/must-dos please send them my way!!

    Cheers!

    • Lauren
      December 10, 2013
      Reply

      Hi Kassie. Thank you so much! I’m so pleased my site could help :-)

  33. Lei Duowen
    February 17, 2014
    Reply

    Hey, Lauren, sorry, I didn’t make it past the 3rd paragraph… Why don’t you try to step out of your shell and actually learn a little bit of the language of the country you’re visiting? I do it almost every time I am to travel abroad. After all, isn’t the point of traveling getting to actively know foreign places rather them make them bow to your cultural difference and linguistic incompetence? On the other hand, I agree with you that Taiwan has very friendly people, esp. if you’re a short-time visitor and can’t see far beyond the surface.

    • Lauren
      February 17, 2014
      Reply

      That’s a bit of an assumption, Lei. I do make the effort to learn the language of every country I travel to, but knowing the words for “hello” “sorry” “thank you”, various different food items, etc doesn’t allow me to have a conversation with the locals. I feel like I would have had to have studied the language for several months at a minimum to be able to converse properly with them. When I travel full-time and often visit several countries per month this just isn’t practical.

      The point of travel can be whatever you want it to be, and whatever you want to get out of it. I’d say, shouldn’t travel make you less judgemental??

      I don’t make people “bow to my cultural difference and linguistic incompetence” — that was precisely why I was intimidated by the language barrier!

  34. Alain
    April 13, 2014
    Reply

    but that I didn’t think I’d be able to make it as it was really tricky to get to via public transport.

    Play hard or go home. What nonsense….and she paid for everything. Next time,sell your camera,pay for people along the way and stop freeloading.

    • Lauren
      April 13, 2014
      Reply

      Wow. I offered to pay them over and over and over… but they wouldn’t accept my money. I didn’t stop trying for the entire day. Short of forcing my money into their bags, there wasn’t much more I could try. And as for being a freeloader, you should read some more travel blogs. I’m one of the very few travel bloggers who insists on paying for every single aspect of their travels.

  35. Alain
    April 14, 2014
    Reply

    Forgive my comments, it was wrong of me to post that. Your story is interesting and inspires me to visit taiwan. Just one question, as an arachnophobe, how is the bug/spider situation? HK is pretty sketchy, and I would imagine taiwan is too?

    Sorry again,
    Al

    • Lauren
      November 13, 2015
      Reply

      I’ve only ever seen spiders when hiking in Taroko Gorge. Not anywhere else!

  36. Kevin
    April 14, 2014
    Reply

    It is a fun blog to read as I randomly typed a few words in Google and found your article to read at my break time at work.

    I currently live in Canada and I studied/worked abroad in the US and Canada. Taiwan is the place I was born. I have been away from my home country for almost 20 years.

    I traveled and back packed in several countries in the world and have abundant experience hanging out with Chinese (mainlanders). Yes, we are seriously different. A lot of it is the mentality.

    I also brought many friends to Taiwan for a short or long visit. Many foreigners or tourists think the island is too small and not worth visiting or simply in transit to other major Asian cities or to China as a stop-over. The airport is also very boring (yes, indeed) and outdated in many ways.

    I was planning to enjoy your amazing story telling how friendly Taiwanese are, but kind of disappointed. (is that it?…….lol). Yes, I can understand you might be surprised by how friendly that Taiwanese are in terms of helping you find the way and get you the direction.

    But in fact…it is nothing! I have more amazing stories to tell you.

    I have heard a friend in Taiwan saying that their family host an American for two years at no cost. One day, there is an American guy visiting her family saying that he had a dream saying that God wants him to have a mission and preach to local people about Christianity. And the family let him stay there without knowing what his background is (only knew that he is an America). The guy lived there for two years and then the family decided to contact the American consulate in Taipei to find out who he is, then contacted his family to bring him home!

    I also have helped tons of foreign tourists the ways and directions while I was in Taiwan (or before I studied abroad). Is that a big thing or feel giving favors to the tourist? No, I think we are obligated to help as there is not too many English signs or translation available. In a way, it is a good way to practice English (yes, too extreme is also no good).

    We are born and educated to treat others well with respect, especially those in need or in desperation.
    We bring no harm nor want to take advantage of others to begin with.
    Many foreign tourists are very surprised that the lost purses or wallets can be easily found intact after a few days at the police station in Taiwan.

    I must say that Taiwanese are the most polite and respecting “Chinese” (sorry to use this term as it is not political, although people may not agree with me, and we don’t like that symbol) in the world you can find comparing to people living in Singapore, Hong Kong and of course in China, no matter where you are, you can feel at ease approaching them and asking for help (if you ever need).

    I gave all of my money to help an American friend to go to medical school because his family cannot support him living in the poor neighborhood, and he wants to help people living in urban slums and ghetto areas. (I just think it is necessary. Is this considered as good? Many American friends think I am amazing, but my Taiwanese friends just say ” it is a good thing “). well.

    However, we also have drawbacks:

    1. We are shy to smile (as excessive smile is considered as silly or strange)
    2. We are forgettable as we tend to forget things easily.
    3. We are short tempered and want to compete with others in terms of what we have especially the 3C products.
    4. We are naive in terms of caring about what is happening in other countries (blame the media)

    I hope you enjoyed my non-sense comment and no offense.

    Keep traveling, it is the way of life and prove of life.

    • Lauren
      November 26, 2015
      Reply

      I loved your comment — thanks so much for shining some light on Taiwanese culture.

  37. Mark
    May 9, 2014
    Reply

    I want to say that the Japanese are both the friendliest and unfriendliest. Confusing?
    Well I have been in Japan for 1 1/2 months and travelled around a lot. In Tsuruoka I found the nicest people who were happy to help you when you ask for help or even if you look like you need help ( a nice old man pulled over and asked me if I needed a lift while I was walking around. Young children would say hello to me all the time as well.
    On the island of Amami I met the friendliest and most helpful people. One couple pulled over and the woman dashed across the road and asked me if I wanted a lift. Again I was walking so I politely said thanks but no. On another day when it was raining heavily a woman pulled over to the opposite side of the road, on which I was walking and asked if I was ok and was going to give me her umbrella.
    Unfortunately, most other times I find the japanese people reserved and unlikely to talk to you. So much so that I have mostly only spoken to Lawsons/Family Mart/7/11/ect people and those at the accommodatoin I am staying at during my visit.
    Pity that because I love the culture, just not that side of it.

    • Lauren
      November 26, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experiences, Mark. I haven’t been to Japan yet, but I have heard similar things from friends who have visited.

  38. Alain
    September 24, 2014
    Reply

    There are numerous problems with this article.

    For one, a smile in China/Taiwan/Asia does not necessarily indicate friendship/happiness. Many westerners make the mistake of thinking a smile means they like you, but I have seen salesmen smiling and then talking in Chinese about how they screwed the stupid foreigner over, or got the dumb lao wai to buy something extra which makes them look good.

    Second, Taiwan is as a racist as any other place. They have nasty names for filipina domestic helpers and thai labourers. I have seen how they treat their chinese brethren on the mainland of china, not nice at all.If you learn Chinese, listen to what they may say about you as a white or black westerner….it certainly will not flattering, and if they realize you know Mandarin, they will switch to local dialect to talk about you while “smiling”.

    Third, the girls are cold and unapproachable, there are many websites which mention this, like the one below.

    http://www.taiwanho.com/talk/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=6098

    You seem very naive about asian cultures. I only hope your family don’t find you dead on a malaysian or thai beach or somewhere at the hands of some fishermen, as has just recently happened in Thailand, a terrible thing.

    Never smile nor be friendly with asians….they take kindness as weakness, and being nice and doing the right thing in that part of the world, will just see you walked all over, like a doormat. I certainly think taiwanese are as racist and xenophobic as any other asians, but either way, good luck, I respect your right to do it your way!!!

    Outta here..

    • Lauren
      September 24, 2014
      Reply

      Hi Alain,

      I was just sharing my experiences. Did you read my post? It doesn’t seem like you did. Clearly the girls I met weren’t cold and unapproachable in their behaviour towards me. I didn’t once talk about how the locals smiled at me, and that that made them friendly — how can that be a problem with my article if I didn’t write anything about it? I spoke instead about how they took time off work to show me around their country, bought me presents, and tried to pay for me. Or how they took hours out of their day to help me when I was lost with no ulterior motive. Or that they invited me into their homes for a festival so that I wouldn’t have to spend it alone. I didn’t come to my conclusion that the Taiwanese were friendly because they smiled at me — but instead by the sheer kindness I shown by every single person I met in the country. Nobody tried to take advantage of me, nobody walked all over me, nobody was unapproachable. I’m sorry if you had the opposite experience to me, but that doesn’t mean you should describe an entire population as racist.

      I’m afraid that your comment, “Never smile nor be friendly with asians….they take kindness as weakness, and being nice and doing the right thing in that part of the world, will just see you walked all over, like a doormat” makes you come across as the racist. All Asians will take advantage of me? Every single one, whether I’m in Sri Lanka or Mongolia or Japan or Oman or Taiwan? All five billion of them? Right.

  39. Alain
    September 24, 2014
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    You don’t have a brother named Colin do you, sorry for asking, but I know a guy back in England with a sister with your name?

    Alright that was a bit of a rant and I am sorry….just had a frustrating day applying for work in Taiwan and no good job news forthcoming in HK, so again, I am sorry.

    Every single one, whether I’m in Sri Lanka or Mongolia or Japan or Oman or Taiwan? All five billion of them? Right.

    Let’s talk about Oman as I taught there for a year. Taxi drivers who won’t take you anywhere (I found it worse in muscat!) unless you pay them some inflated fare, which the locals would never pay, or be asked to pay, on the assumption that you are white and western and therefore rich. Or the hotel near seeb airport with COMPLIMENTARY shuttle bus service to and from the airport, that decided to make me pay them some rials before they dropped me off, bear in mind this was the middle of the night for catching a morning flight, with just me and my luggage and three Omani guys, needless to say I paid, what was I going to do, argue, and have them stab me and bury me in the desert?!

    Sorry, but asians will screw you. Did you hear about the british man who was murdered by his thai girlfriend and barbecued?

    • Lauren
      September 24, 2014
      Reply

      Nope, no brother called Colin. No worries about the rant!

  40. Jack CR
    October 24, 2014
    Reply

    Hey, I read your article and im impressed, I had heard some horror stories from some foreigners…they said some pretty bad things about Taiwanese people but what you said in this post is great and I will be continuing to read it in the future.
    Usually the ones that have horror stories are stuck up and ignorant to the local people, just hanging around with other foreigners causing trouble.
    but I am fluent chinese speaker and have no worries as I have a friend that lives in Taipei, I will hope to go next year after my scholarship finishes in China. Very insightful post :)

    • Lauren
      November 22, 2015
      Reply

      Oh, weird. I’ve heard mostly positive things about Taiwan!

  41. Anthony C
    February 23, 2015
    Reply

    I had a similar experience to share; I went to Taiwan earlier this year and at the time I didn’t have a phone card so I had to get my Internet from wireless. Unfortunately my phone was locked so I had to remotely unlocked via Internet chat from Rogers (Canada).

    So I went to a McDonald in the morning and found out that their Wifi only works with a local phone card. An employee who spoke English let me use his Wifi for more than 2 hours (long story). His shift ended and I was still using the Internet chat so he stayed around, and then after the phone was unlocked we went together to a 7-11 to get the phone card. But I didn’t have my passport on me so he used his ID to buy the phone card.

    Afterward we exchanged phone # and a few days later he drove my wife and I to a nice tourist destination.

    Taiwanese people are the best people I’ve met! I will retire in that country in 20 years.

    • Lauren
      March 11, 2015
      Reply

      Hi Anthony,

      I love this story! What an incredible guy. It blows my mind that there are so many thousands of stories out there of similar shows of kindness. I’d love retire to Taiwan, too :-)

  42. Mike Huang
    February 25, 2015
    Reply

    I’m Taiwanese and l’m glad to see this.Welcome to Taiwan again!!!

    Sorry..my English is bad

    • Lauren
      March 8, 2015
      Reply

      Thanks, Mike! I just returned to Taiwan a couple of months ago, with my boyfriend this time, and am pleased to say he loved it just as much as I did! We’re thinking about visiting again later this year because we had so much fun :-)

  43. Jose
    March 14, 2015
    Reply

    Hi,
    I just to say that being friendly, nice and helpful to your fellow human being has no boundaries, nationality nor ethnicity.

    A person without empathy cannot fully understand why others are willing to give a helping hand to a total stranger, much more invite and welcome that stranger to their homes.

    As they say, people come into our life as blessings and others as lessons.

    • Lauren
      March 14, 2015
      Reply

      Are you implying that I have no empathy?

      I agree that being friendly isn’t based on boundaries or ethnicities, but my experiences in Taiwan were so much more positive than in any other country I’ve visited. For example, in China, I was scammed, people spat on me, taxi drivers never stopped for me, people shoved me to the ground, and I can’t think of a single friendly interaction I had with a local.

      In Morocco, men grabbed my breasts and ass, someone threw a rock at my head, men followed me back to my guesthouse, tried to scam me, and I can think of very few interactions that were positive.

      In Taiwan, all I experienced was friendliness and generosity. I recently returned a few months ago and the same thing happened. Anecdotal, sure, but I’ve not heard of any travellers being scammed there, or anything, and that’s rare.

      I’m not saying that only Taiwanese people are friendly, of course, I’m just saying that as a traveller, I’ve not had a single negative interaction there, from over two months spent travelling in the country. And that’s never happened anywhere else to me (I’ve visited 50 countries over the past four years).

  44. Alain
    March 15, 2015
    Reply

    In Morocco, men grabbed my breasts and ass, someone threw a rock at my head, men followed me back to my guesthouse, tried to scam me, and I can think of very few interactions that were positive.

    Why would you even visit that place? I think you are not very wordly wise. I have met many north africans, esp. tunisians, and I think they are all slimy and there is not one that I could deign to call honest and/or trustworthy. Even other arabs look down on them.

    • Lauren
      March 15, 2015
      Reply

      Alain, please stop commenting on this post. I’ve tried to remain polite but I’m fed up with your racism. Every single comment of yours is horrifyingly offensive.

  45. Megan
    April 18, 2015
    Reply

    Hi LAUREN,I am Taiwanese. After I watched you article,
    I miss my hometown so mush! Because i live in Australia now.
    And Taiwanese is really nice! When I get lost in there,people often help me a lot,even thought i am a Taiwanese.

    • Lauren
      November 26, 2015
      Reply

      Ahhhh, that makes me so happy to hear, Megan! It really is a wonderful country :-)

  46. Taipeir
    September 13, 2015
    Reply

    Taiwanese love to see themselves as friendly, however I have my doubts they will be so friendly to Filipinos, Thais, mainland Chinese, poor people in general.

    also Taiwanese ain’t so friendly to each other, look at their horrific driving behavior.

    • Lauren
      November 13, 2015
      Reply

      Horrific driving? It’s far safer than other places I’ve visited, like Vietnam or Morocco!

  47. Taipeir
    September 13, 2015
    Reply

    Also try working in Taiwan for a while, terrible work environment, horrible bosses and emoloyees who are superficially friendly but will stab you in the back or ask you the most stupid and rude personal questions.

    • Lauren
      November 14, 2015
      Reply

      I’ve lots of friends who live and work in Taipei and have no complaints! Sorry to hear about your experience.

  48. dee crew
    February 28, 2016
    Reply

    I was deciding where in Asia to visit. I typed in “Are Korean People friendly to foreigners” in Google search and read “Koreans are the rudest people.” Then I typed in “Are people in Taiwan friendly to foreigners” and read your story. You have made my decision on where to visit now. In fact I have heard and read a lot of positive comments about people in Taiwan, not only from western visitors but from visitors from the mainland China.

    • Lauren
      March 15, 2016
      Reply

      Yay! Have an amazing time :-) It really is an incredible country and the locals are so welcoming!

  49. dee crew
    February 28, 2016
    Reply

    Taipeir, I have not heard one single person from China say that Taiwan people were unfriendly. On the contrary they all marvel at how nice the people there were. I am referring to those Chinese I know.

    • Lauren
      March 15, 2016
      Reply

      Same same! :-)

  50. Sally
    April 23, 2016
    Reply

    Hello Lauren,

    As a Taiwanese person, it was very touching to read about your positive experience in Taiwan. I think I tend to take things for granted when I am part of that culture, so it was very refreshing to see someone else’s experience.

    It is very much part of the Taiwanese culture to take care of people, including insisting on paying for things. It’s something I find slightly embarrassing, as I think it implies that I (or my friends) can’t take care of ourselves. It was good to be reminded that this generosity is what makes Taiwan well liked.

  51. Abby Sun
    May 16, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I am a Taiwanese, thank you for your sharing. I also traveled some countries in these several years. I knew your feeling when that girl help you and you was freaking out… I’ve traveled some Europe countries, no matter where… steal, robbery, cheating and be harassed by drunks… that let me believe my country is one of safety countries.

    Bad things is if Taiwanese traveled abroad, always lack of vigilant, my friends tried to help a boy and borrowed him cellphone, when he took the mobile and just ran away…Our Irish landlord didn’t comfort her and said it was stupid, told us never trust anyone, especially some one who need help! Even I though she was too exaggerating but I’ve heard same advise from many locals.

    I read some comments here, I didn’t feel awkward or angry if someone judge Taiwan because we
    are criticizing our country everyday, who would not? But I must say Taiwan is a really safety country, Taiwan was a high criminal society about 20 yrs ago but now if you check “safety country ranking” on google searching, Taiwan always on the top (um…the fact, Singapore and Japan are king and queen on the ranking table). We criticized our self because Taiwanese still lack of spirit of nomocracy but we will change it in one day…

    • Lauren
      May 20, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Abby! I was actually scammed in China immediately after visiting Taiwan, and it was partly because the friendly locals in Taiwan had led to me lowering my guard and becoming far too trusting.

  52. John Roe
    September 4, 2016
    Reply

    A new survey I read is absolutely wrong by labeling Taiwan the friendliest nation.
    There’s a major misconception here.
    Yes, they are very nice if you need help, but most are closed in terms making friends and openness.
    If you’re a tourist you’ll get the false impression of them being friendly, but if you live and work here you’ll realize how shy / rude many can be, especially generation X’ers and Millennials.
    I’ve had strangers give me a ride on their scooters when I was lost or give me an umbrella when it was suddenly raining, but the kindness stops there. Most taiwanese coworkers can be closed and make you feel like an outcast, speaking Chinese to each other and ignoring you, even when they are able to speak English,. No interest in making social conversation about your family, hobbies, experiences, etc. This seems to MO especially with women.
    At first, I thought I did something wrong culturally to make the people I met so distant, but I found my story repeated and heard from many other expats. You can see this more evidently when riding the train. No one speaks to each other casually; they’re just on their mobiles or pretending to be asleep.
    This antisocial behavior that’s been developing the past 10 to 15 years, according to expats who’ve lived here that long. Other expats don’t see this or don’t agree because they’ve been influenced culturally and become “taiwanized.”
    Some say it’s because Taiwan has become more developed and it follows the social detachment pattern of other developed nations. But that’s not entirely the case for Hong Kong and Singapore have friendlier populations, where even flirting and romancing is far more acceptable publicly. Taiwan unfriendly vibe mimics developed Japan’s similar apathetic society. 50 years of hard Japanese influence, like it is also in (North ? and) South Korea.
    I found many to be even vindictive if you make them lose face with criticism or complaints.
    China, where I lived two years before coming here and which ranks badly in the survey, has far friendlier and open people, including women.
    I met women easily I’m still friends with today in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, etc. And I’m talking most are just genuine friendships, platonic relationships.
    Chinese start conversations in trains or subways and offer you a snack to share, even a beer sometimes.
    Losing face in China doesn’t mean a precursor to a vendetta, but a chance to mend and improve on the mistake or the trespass.
    Even dealing with journalists, I found them more approachable in China. Reporters there were more eager to exchange ideas and experiences with foreign colleagues despite censorship. Here the few I met act like they’re not interested in knowing what you have to say, unless, of course, you represent a major news outlet like BBC or New York Times.
    A university professor in Taipei told me that holier-than-thou attitude is one of the reasons the country is in decline after its 101 boom.
    Sorry for the rant, but I’m sort of tired of hearing or reading that Taiwan is such a friendly place. The heart of Asia, Ha!

    • Lauren
      September 4, 2016
      Reply

      Right. But this is a post about travelling in Taiwan, not about being an expat in Taiwan. And as a traveller, Taiwan is wonderful :-)

      Your comment is all anecdotal, though, isn’t it? As is my post. I had an absolutely appalling experience with every single local I encountered in China, for example.

    • Eva
      July 29, 2019
      Reply

      It is funny how most of the people who say Taiwanese are not friendly are sexually frustrated men.
      I honestly partly agree with this comment because as a Taiwanese of course I know how racist we can be, However….

      I am a Taiwanese woman living overseas for a long time and I met a few people, Brazilian, American, British, Colombian, Indian… who were living in Taiwan for at least 2 years and none of them told me that women are hard to approach, but, first of all, why do you have to ‘approach’ women? We are moving objects and we are alive, we have brain and eyes. Secondly, if you know the sexism situation to Taiwanese women, you might understand what kind of pressure a woman has to face when they talk to a foreign man, if you browse the internet, you can find that when Taiwanese women are easy to be approached, we will be slut shamed. I am personally fine with that, but a lot of Taiwanese women don’t, and I can totally understand it. We are a teeny-tiny island compare to China, and once someone in your neighborhood/office/school slut shame you, it is hard to escape that stress. I hate this sexism part of Taiwan, of course, there are plenty of reasons why I am not there anymore. Nevertheless, as a Taiwanese woman who lives in other countries I am very sick of hearing people complain about women, especially asian women.
      Have you ever complained when you go to some western countries and the women are ‘hard to approach’? We might look younger and more naive but we are still grown women with standards and choices.

      I find your complain lack of the understanding of Taiwanese culture and self-reflection, if you have people you know who have the same experience, well, if you studied a bit of Chinese, you would know a saying: 一丘之貉 (it means similar people stick together.) I think you should maybe try to adapt yourself to the culture and understand us a bit since you live in Taiwan, if you try to not be ‘taiwanized’ a bit, then how can you be a part of it? How do you not put yourself on a high pedestal while talking to Taiwanese, and how do Taiwanese people find YOU approachable?

      And Lauren thank you for your kind reply, you never attack any of them in the comment, I admire it, but I cannot just let these sexism posts being unanswered.

  53. Isaac
    November 7, 2016
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    I am from Singapore and i agree with you they are the most friendly people ever! Not only that, many of them are humuorous, easy going people.

    The next most friendly people i feel is from the Swiss people! When i was in Zurich, i encounter many Swiss helping me when i am lost and went out of the way to help me.

    Which other countries do you think you have meet friendly people? Cheers

    • Lauren
      March 2, 2017
      Reply

      Hmmm, good question! I’d say French Polynesia, Swaziland, and New Zealand has some very friendly locals :-)

  54. KA Sam
    March 28, 2017
    Reply

    I’m visiting Taiwan now as I comment. Was here 10 yrs ago and been here for almost 2 weeks now because my wife is originally from Taiwan. Taiwanese ppl are hospitable but might also be seen as rude if u go by some western standards. But for the most part, ppl here are hospitable. Young ppl are always staring at their phones now on the train. Less interactive than I remember 10 yrs ago. Maybe it’s due to technology use?

    Can’t really comment on China but I can say that a culture of corruption in mainland China has made Chinese ppl less moral. Communism wiped it away. But Taiwanese culture has preserved a Stronger sense of morality, likely due to a preservation of religion and religious freedom. Christianity, along with an ingrained Confucianism and Buddhism has given Taiwanese ppl a spirit of kindness, hospitality. MHO of course.

    Trying to extend my stay here one more week. There’s a rich culture here in Taiwan.

    • Lauren
      March 31, 2017
      Reply

      Thanks for commenting, KA. Every time I visit Taiwan, I want to extend my stay!

    • Riki-Oh
      December 5, 2018
      Reply

      “Can’t really comment on China” – goes on to comment with tired generalizations & dogmatic comparisons between China & Taiwan. Those only apply in pre-Beijing 2008 era, things’ve changed now to the point where they hold little weight.

      Have you ever heard of a superiority complex? No country is going to have 100% good people, & Taiwan is an example of the previous (like Japan in some ways). If you research it online, you can some evidence of it which some will find disagreeable. (Wasn’t racism mentioned in a previous comment?)

  55. Tai
    September 18, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,
    Soon, I will visit my family in Taiwan with my girlfriend. I have lived in the States for more than 2 decades and haven’t had many chances to visit my hometown Taichung. I know Taiwan is kind of friendly and safe country, but things can be changed very fast. She is not an Asian, therefore, I expect that there might have some degrees of culture shock or something, but at least, I hope that during her trip there, she can feel safe and warm. After reading your story that really builds up my confidence. However, at least I’m not too worry about safety. Living in States is way way more dangerous, a woman walking on the street alone at night is a suicide :P

  56. Louisa Harris
    October 22, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Lauren, glad you had such a good time. I’ve been in Kaohsiung for 8 years now and have been treated with exceptional kindness ever since I arrived. People have given up their lunch hour to help me look for an apartment, given me directions when I’ve been lost, invited me to stay a their homes, treated me to wonderful food and generally been as helpful as possible. I’ve visited many countries in Asia but this is like my second home!

    • Lauren
      October 26, 2017
      Reply

      So happy to hear you experienced the same kindness as I have :-)

  57. John Hawthorne
    November 26, 2017
    Reply

    I lived in Taiwan for 20 years. They are absolutely friendly, especially to foreigners, and because they are often very educated, quite a few will try to practice using English at the best of their ability in order to help an obvious non-Asian looking person. Those who are afriaid that their English ability is poor (or nonexistent) will shy away or show some distress, but rarely be rude. They will not scam you, but of course not being able to speak Chinese limits your ability to strike a deal when in a market. Following the general rules of staying away from nightlife and the people who are dangerously driving between those places on a Friday or Saturday night, 99% of foreigners have a great experience in Taiwan!!!

    • Lauren
      December 3, 2017
      Reply

      Agree! It’s rare to hear from someone who hasn’t had a good time in Taiwan!

  58. Ben
    October 9, 2018
    Reply

    Hey, Lauren. Then, I should plan my trip to Taiwan and feel myself :)

  59. Mike
    October 29, 2018
    Reply

    WRONG! No more bullshit, all those fake account saying how friendly are taiwanese people… They are not friendly at all! They treat foreigners like Aliens and you can die in the street no one will come to help you.. I have seen many motorbike accidents and I have always been the only come rescue whereas other totally ignore or take photos.. People are animals with no manner, they cut line and talk loudly.. no better than China!

    • Lauren
      October 29, 2018
      Reply

      They’re not fake accounts, Mike.

  60. Wendy Liu
    November 26, 2018
    Reply

    Hi, Lauren,
    I’m also a Taiwanese but I’ve been living in San Francisco for the past of almost twenty years now. I still visit time every summer since my family is still there. I do feel Taiwanese people are more genuine, open minded, and generous not only to foreigners but also to other Taiwanese people for the most of the part. ( of course, there are always some bad apples like everywhere else) I think the reasons are being traditional Chinese/ Confucius influences as well as diversified religions teaching people to be ethical and practice good values etc…
    Thanks for sharing your story in Taiwan and I hope more and more people will have positive experiences traveling or living there!
    Thanks again!!

  61. Sam
    January 13, 2019
    Reply

    Try being a white guy dating a Taiwanese girl and then see how you’re treated.

    Absolutely blood curdling.

  62. Eanna
    February 14, 2019
    Reply

    Hi Lauren,

    A large part of your “friendly” encounters is due to your being white. If you’ve never been confronted with this then it’s going to be hard for you to listen, but this is important for you to know as a traveler, and as an individual that is contributing to this world.

    Taiwan has deep roots in colorism (Colonial China/Japan/Western media) and this is evident in the common use of skin whiteners, the wearing of long sleeves in the sun and visual advertisements, even though it looks unhealthy and contains carcinogens. It’s perceived that light skin tones represent wealth and dark skin tones represent laborers, back before we had research today showing poverty to be a systemic issue created by capitalism/governments that disproportionately places these circumstances on people of color. These values are also reinforced by European standards of beauty inundating the media today.

    Only 2% of Taiwan’s original population, the indigenous folk, remain on their land today. They are dark-skinned and perceived as lazy and uncivilized since many refuse to assimilate to Taiwan’s capitalist society and instead live a peaceful, civilized life that is mindful of the land and their impact on the Earth, however, this is commonly seen as simple and barbaric to the capitalist eye. Taiwan has not reconciled with this truth, just like the U.S, Canada and many other countries colonized by Europe. It is crucial to note that this change in population isn’t some mysterious natural occurrence that happened over time but that 98% of their population was brutally wiped out by the Dutch, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. Genocide.

    So, yeah, they were friendly to you but if you were “dark-skinned” then you would’ve dealt with more reluctant behavior, just look at how they treat Filipinos, Indonesians and other brown Asians out here. You’ll see they’re extremely prejudiced and are brainwashed with a racial hierarchy, with whiteness being at top. That is the greatest resource to your life because the world’s current system is designed for you to succeed and be at ease. Be wise, read up on it.
    And if you find this hard to place in your current system of beliefs, just re-read your comment about fear of being sold into sex slavery or being drugged. Clearly this shows how implicit bias and stereotypes have effected you and conditioned you to believe that people of color or foreigners are criminalistic. I’m sure you’ve never stopped to consider the criminals in Wall Street, or in the government who don’t have media coverage on their crimes. Be conscious of the impact your white privilege has, Lauren. And please delete the racist shit about sex slavery.

    • Lauren
      February 14, 2019
      Reply

      I’d have thought exactly the same thing about being drugged and sold into slavery if a white girl was taking me to her apartment here in the U.K., because I have an extremely debilitating anxiety disorder, I catastrophize everything, and that’s how my mind words. So, it’s not me being racist, it’s having dodgy brain chemistry that continually convinces me that every time I step outside, it’s going to result in my death. Believe me, the same thoughts run through my mind on a weekly basis in my own fucking hometown. I’ve even written a blog post where I confess to this: https://www.neverendingfootsteps.com/want-to-cancel-every-trip/

      Your comment, while accurate, is also incredibly condescending. I’m well aware of my privilege. Maybe I wasn’t when I wrote this blog post NINE YEARS AGO, but I certainly wasn’t racist. At the time, I was travelling with a Pakistani and Ghanian girl around Taiwan and they too had experienced nothing but friendliness from the locals. There was nothing we experienced that led me to believe Taiwanese people are racist, and this is my blog post about my trip.

  63. Damir
    August 26, 2019
    Reply

    For a white chick like you, thanks to western media,the whole world will be friendly. A country’s friendliness can really be judged how it treats colored people. Asian people are in general friendly and welcoming to pale skin. It’s because of their mentality that white is rich and black is poor and shady. They can’t fathom that blacks and colored people do exist and some do exist in Western countries too. Check out below a black American’s experience in Taiwan
    https://medium.com/@nicolecoop/black-in-taiwan-my-experience-805e120d323

    • Lauren
      August 26, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks for sending through the article. Obviously I can only write about my own experiences in a country and wouldn’t want to speak for anybody else. But I appreciate you sharing the link.

  64. Anonymous
    September 19, 2019
    Reply

    I’m from the Solomon Islands in the Pacific and my skin color is black. I’ve visited Taiwan for 2 months in 2010 for a training in Taoyuan near Taipei and found the Taiwanese people to be generally kind people.

  65. NameNotRequired
    April 6, 2020
    Reply

    Not sure if hat Taiwanese are kind, more like they have a sickness called Post Colonial Hangover where they fawn over white species n secretly self-loathe.
    Try being a mainland Chinese speaking in mainland Chinese n just being normal n asking for help. You’ll be lucky they don’t bitch behind you.
    White privileges go a long way… But has its optimum point though.

  66. Eric
    June 28, 2020
    Reply

    ok i am a Taiwanese expat.

    i can tell you right now that Taiwanese are NOT this friendly in general.

    they are only this way towards Europeans/White people.

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