Wishes at a small temple in Tainan.
I put a peaceful image above, to calm my readers before they encountered this stupid story...
I suppose it is too much to expect professionalism from a Taiwanese news organizations, but this Apple Daily report really angered many of us in the foreign community. The story behind the video is a common enough. A drunken man on a scooter is flagged down by the cops, an altercation ensues. The cops shoot the man, unusual, but not unknown. Note that there is no need to mention the nationality or origin of the man; it has nothing do with his behavior. Drunken male stupidity is universal, alas.
Normally I do not object to the term laowai. The prefix lao- (old) is used in a number of phrases that to me confer inside-ness on those so termed, like "old friend" and "old man" (= Dad). In my experience the term waiguoren is the nasty one that immediately Others you, it's most commonly applied by kids. That Othering experienced by its target is infuriating. But here Apply Daily is needlessly applying the term as an totally unprofessional insult to Other the alleged criminal. His large size might conceivably be an issue, his place of origin is not.
For those you who are wondering, the man should make a full recovery. He is filled with remorse for his actions, which, by the way, is the proper mode of behavior should you find yourself in a similarly stupid situation.
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