After being here for six months, I finally saw two Taiwanese yell at each other. Here, raising voice even seems to be a disgrace.
An older man walked into two middle-age women in the hospital. The man said they were not looking where they were going. The woman said, “Don’t you know this side is the slow lane?”
A few rounds of sharp tongue. Obviously, the man lost face in public, being yelled by a woman.
“Where are you from?” He barked.
“Whaa, why?” The woman was confused.
“Where are you from, I’m asking! Are you Taiwanese?”
“Are you? I am Taiwanese!”
“I’m Taiwanese. But you don’t look like Taiwanese! You don’t behave like Taiwanese!”
“You dont’ behave yourself!” The woman didn’t show any sign of retreat.
The security guards came and stood in between, gently pushed them apart. They finally parted.
“You!”, the man pointed at the back of the women, “You must be mainlander!”
The image of mainlander Chinese is pretty bad here. The media talk almost everyday about some wrongs: They are ignorant, rough, loud, rude, uneducated, dishonest, aggressive, corrupt, vulgar, and unfittingly rich.