FurTrader wrote:Do people in Taiwan usually avoid publicly stating "I am Chinese!" ("我是中國人!")
20 years... this wan't such a big issue... these days, it seems that you get dirty
looks when you say "you Chinese" when speaking to Taiwanese friends.(regardless
if they are KMT or DPP sympathizers)
now that I think about it... you rarely even hear KMT politician using that phrase....
odd, isn't it?
tommy525 wrote:Instead of saying Taiwan Ren or ChongKwo Ren, say HWA REN. That shouldnt offend anyone.
Feiren wrote:'Chinese' (Zhongguoren) is heard far less than it used to be. In fact, I usually only hear it now when people are talking to foreigners. I suspect Chinese teachers still say it a lot.
Even if people are too polite to give you a dirty look, you can bet that at least 50% of the people around you will have their blood boiling when they hear it. I'd avoid it.
the bear wrote:Taiwanese are not citizens of Mainland China. I'm a Kiwi and it sure gets my goat when people call me an Aussie.
Tomas wrote:tommy525 wrote:Instead of saying Taiwan Ren or ChongKwo Ren, say HWA REN. That shouldnt offend anyone.
I also say that when I'm with a mixed group of Taiwanese and mainlanders.
Around Taiwanese, I just say Taiwanese. Nobody has ever corrected me for this in Taiwan.
I think if I said "Chinese," there are some who would be offended.
I wonder though, if it's okay to say that 華人 are all ethnically 漢人, i.e. most of today's Taiwanese people trace their family origins to the mainland of China, even if they haven't lived there for 300 years or so. Will one of you experts please weigh in and educate me? Thanks.