Foreigners who have lived in Taiwan for years have become accustomed to most local habits, even though they might be unable to understand their cultural aspects. To this, Korean YouTuber “Way Sun Man,” who has lived in Taiwan for 16 years, invited some foreign friends to share about things that they could never understand about Taiwan.
Participants included Jonathan from Argentina who has lived in Taiwan for 5 years, Yannick (杰宇) from Switzerland who has stayed in Taiwan for 3 years, and Deike and Michael from Germany, who have lived in Taiwan for 15 and 33 years, respectively.
To begin with, the five guests talked about intrusive questions they have been asked upon a first meeting, taxi drivers’ habits of over-sharing, and Taiwan people’s inclination to avoid direct rejection. They also discussed of young adults still living at home after securing a job, locals’ weird perspectives about other countries, and Taiwanese people’s tendency to treat their dogs like children.
Among other highlights, Michael shared his initial shock of being asked questions regarding his relationships and income on the first meeting during his early days in Taiwan.
Over the years, he realized that more questions would follow if he said he was single; therefore, Michael later tried saying he was in a relationship but was surprised to find it led to further questions of whether he had a kid or not.
From stories of being dumped water while discussing religion to being accused of torturing animals for not letting them wear clothes, let’s hear what foreigners have to say about the weird phenomena in Taiwan!