As it turns out, some weird Canadian Taiwanese are trying to organize a protest because gasp it said something bad about Taiwan. Stop the presses! A clear case of media bias! Taiwan Introspective has the call (and thanks for all the links, man!).
Lynch mobs, I mean... protest groups have now taken up the cause against Lindsay Craig's article on her cultural shock during her time in Taiwan. A "“226 protest of media bias Gazette in Montreal” has been set up on Facebook "calling on foreign nationals living in Taiwan teaching foreign languages to contact the group to lodge a protest against the newspaper." I wonder what kind of response they will get. Apparently this has become a big news item in Taiwan (as anything slightly anti-Taiwanese does.) Here's the story in the Taipei Times.The Facebook protest group is here. Taiwan Introspective also discusses the letter that TECRO sent on Ms. Craig's article. Even TECRO got involved. The horror! Taiwan Introspective remarked:
I also laughed at the comparisons to the Taiwanese community in Montreal. People have no idea of the differences in visa requirements, access to language (different education systems) and culture (monocultural vs. multicultural). Whatever happens to you is your fault and if you don't like it, go home. It's funny that were the situation reversed, (saying that about someone who immigrated to Canada) it would be out and out racism. And it stands in stark irony to what Canadians tend to do for others who come here in terms of language support, acculturation and general volunteer services.That paragraph raises an important issue. The two cultures handle foreigners in wildly different ways. Canada is a Low Context culture in which information is fluid across social boundaries and things are clearly explained for newcomers. In High Context cultures like Taiwan, you're expected to know. This can drive newcomers crazy. Hence the uninformed way that many Taiwanese view the US and Canada: it's so easy for us to move there, how come you're having a problem here? (you must be stupid!).
UPDATE: Good words in the comments.
Craig responds. Shame on the jerks who contacted her schools.
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