Taiwan joke I heard the other day:
Q: How do you know the person standing in front of you is Chinese?
A: They keep trying to persuade you that YOU are Chinese....
A friend posted this to her Facebook:
A medical researcher at X University mentioned it's getting harder for Taiwanese to participate in international conferences. The pharmaceutical companies used to pay for Taiwanese scholars to attend, but now they pay mostly for mainland Chinese.
At the last conference she attended, her nationality was listed as "Taiwan, Province of China" and this was even on her name tag! In the past, asking conference organizers to correct it might get a positive response. These days the organizers get angry!
I suggested she get the message across in a more personal way, by talking to people face-to-face: When meeting someone at the conference, shake their hand, and point to your name tag, smiling brightly, and say, "I'm (name)--and by the way, Taiwan is NOT part of China!" Laugh a bit, then immediately return to a conference-related topic.
China can bully you internationally, but no one can stop you from speaking your mind...at least, not here.
When you chat with mainland tourists, if you don't say anything about it, they really do go home thinking you're okay with Taiwan as part of China, just like one big family!
Instead, would you dare to say, "We like people from mainland China, but we don't want to have the same government," and then tell them why?
Because Taiwanese are so quiet, so humble, and prefer to avoid conflict, most mainland Chinese actually have NO IDEA that Taiwanese people might not be happy to be part of China. I'm told it can be quite a shock when they find out.
Isn't it possible to remain gentle without becoming...invisible?
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