Racist rant sparks debate in Taiwan

Video of man verbally abusing Briton leads to soul-searching over how foreigners are viewed

Straits Times
Date: November 29, 2015
By: Li Xueying Regional Correspondent In Hong Kong

A video clip showing one of their own in a protracted xenophobic

In recent years, more foreigners have ventured to Taiwan to work, after rules on on imported labour were relaxed. Hostility tends to be aimed more at lower-skilled South-east Asian and mainland workers as they are the ones viewed as the competition that is depressing wages of the Taiwanese.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

In recent years, more foreigners have ventured to Taiwan to work, after rules on on imported labour were relaxed. Hostility tends to be aimed more at lower-skilled South-east Asian and mainland workers as they are the ones viewed as the competition that is depressing wages of the Taiwanese.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

rant has prompted a bout of introspection over just how welcoming the Taiwanese are of foreigners, in a society that prides itself as being among the world’s friendliest.

Over eight minutes during a subway ride in Taipei last month, a security guard hurled repeated verbal abuse at British teacher Christopher Hall and his Taiwanese girlfriend. Mr Hall has lived in Taiwan for a decade.

The encounter, which was recorded by Mr Hall’s girlfriend – who was not identified – went viral after he posted it online about three weeks ago.     [FULL  STORY]

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