the bear wrote:
dan2006 wrote:I moved recently and had to go to a few companies to change my address. They all put me on the phone with customer service and not one forgot to introduce me as a foreigner customer 有外國客人..like how is that even relevant.
Everyday when I buy a biandang I'm called "foreign friend" in the third person. As in "the stewed emu is for the foreign friend over there". Everyday I want to reply "I'm not foreign and I'm not your friend, friendo". But I don't, every day I say nothing and die a little inside.
I know, that is really wrong. Imagine in the USA if the Starbucks employee said "oh its for the black guy over there" . It wouldn't go down well either.
But on the flip side, nobody makes a MISTAKE and gives it to the wrong person in your case. Unless there were (gasp) TWO foreign friends there at the SAME TIME?? Then the Taiwanese bientang laoban might say "oh the FAT foreign friend"
Taiwanese are not very PC. But they actually mean no harm, they don't even KNOW that what they are saying is not PC in many cases.
(and they probably don't care anyway).
I was called TOK PIEAH all my life in Taiwan. And I grew up there and have a TW Mom. Made no difference. Even my friends thought I was "different" somehow in thinking.
The TAiwanese will always point out that you are DIFFERENT if you are not born in TAiwan of two Taiwanese parents.
They are very insular. Much like the Japanese, who are said to be even worse.
At least the Taiwanese don't exclude you from establishments or anything. They just NOTICE you and don't mind you knowing that they NOTICE you.
After a few years I got used to the attention. So should YOU> . Think of it as a GOOD thing.
Besides, everyone KNOWS if it's STEWED EMU, it can ONLY be for the foreign friends.