Viral video on Taiwan working culture big hit


TAIPEI — A YouTube video through which a young American woman expresses her discontent with her working environment at a Taiwan digital news animation company, has gone viral online, attracting over 3 million hits since it was uploaded on Sept. 28.

During the nearly two-minute film titled “An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West’s Gone,” Marina Shifrin is seen dancing in an empty office at 4:30 a.m.

According to Shifrin, the film explains her feelings about working at the company, one of the largest 3D computer animation studios in Asia.

“For almost two years I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job,” the subtitle reads. “And my boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets,” she says in her video.

According to local newspaper Apple Daily, Shifrin’s boss was not impressed with her claims and claimed that she stayed in the office until the early morning hours “of her own accord.”

Attempts to corroborate the story were unsuccessful, with the receptionist at the company saying that her department was “in a meeting.”

Shifrin’s video, nevertheless, has drawn attention from a multitude of some of the most influential media worldwide, including The Daily Telegraph, the New York Daily News and Huffington Post, some of which called it the coolest way to quit a job.

Recent surveys in Taiwan have found that the working environment in the country is deteriorating. One found that over half of local office workers work more than 10 hours a day, many of whom do so ostensibly “of their own accord,” out of fear of being fired by unscrupulous bosses.

Other surveys show that 93.7 percent of office workers want a second job because they earn insufficient income.