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Taiwanese people (including foreign citizens of Taiwanese/Chinese origin) may take lessons from local and international studies, news reports, black-heart examples as below:
★ < Disease and society ― Taiwan searches its conscience from experiences during SARS crisis> (book title : <疫病與社會：台灣歷經SARS風暴之醫學與人文反省 >, author/ 蔡甫昌、江宜樺等, Publisher/ National Taiwan University, Medical School, Sept. 2012 )
We to certain degree may see
Taiwanese personality through citizens' (governmental officials, legislators,
medical field workers, countrymen, etc) reacting to SARS during that fatal
period ... (Pls ref. to the book and
media during SARS , ps:
is severe acute respiratory syndrome)
◎ Taiwanese people scared the fatal disease (SARS) and scrambled to buy masks, however, business men took this opportunity to keep masks on warehouse and bull the market (forcing up price) for making exorbitant high profits, uncertain news pointed out some legislators (similar to Congressmen or Senators in the US) intervened/meddled in and tried to benefit themselves by using this national disaster or calamity ... all these led to insufficient supply of N95 masks, hence medical personnel and public health workers like M.D. and nurses in the front can not help but reuse their N95 masks ― their lives therefore were in risk. (each N95 should be used for a short time, then needs to be replaced )
◎ Suspicious SARS infected people intentionally lied their past medical history (seeking medical advices in epidemic-area hospital) so that they will not be rejected by better hospitals, this led to an outbreak and SARS spreading, and endangering or harming medical workers.
◎ Taiwanese people don't abide by the principle of house quarantine ― some scholar just came back from Hong Kong suppose comply with house quarantine for 10 days, but this person went to school to teach lessons and then went overseas.
◎ Mayor took the lead to sabotage SARS patients' transfering to other hospital ― 3 suspicious SARS patients were arranged by the Health government for hospital transfer, but the destination's city Mayor, Chair of city council, councilors and many borough chiefs, gathering crowds blocked the street at front of the emergency room by vehicles and their bodies, and forced the ambulance back to original hospital, this conflict won't be stop if this country's Minister of the Interior and 3 major political parties' representatives had not mediated this conflict and Taiwan's leader on Health did not promised SARS won't spread in that city.
◎ Many medical school students' parents scared SARS and ignored the situation that insufficient numbers of doctors confronting SARS, hence, those parents pressed the government to pull 300 intern students out of hospital by reporting "something" to the Control Yuan that Educational government already neglected its duty.
◎ Some state hospital paused emergency and regular medical services (門診), about 1/3 clinics there stopped their services by all kinds of "reasons" you can imagine. 124 nurses in a medical center in Southern Taiwan refused to take care of SARS patients and then resigned, some M.D.s also resigned for the same reason.
◎ Some medical center found hospital infection and took "block & isolate " strategy, the next day more and more patients at ward escaped from that hospital, Taiwanese government received reports from all major medical centers in Northern, Central, Southern Taiwan, the hospital president, and Infection Control directors concealed SARS outbreak within the hospital to avoid losing face, avoid dropping profit-performance, and/or avoid being sealed off the hospital, this serious situations became major cause that Taiwan's SARS continued to spread larger and larger.
◎ The work ethics, concealing SARS outbreak, delaying reporting to center government or rejecting SARS patients to avoid profiting worse are the most important reasons resulting in hospital onset of infection and spreading SARS from bad to worse in Taiwan.
ps1: Chinese version pls. ref. to the book or text at end of this page.
ps2: This book's co-author Dr. Jian (江宜樺) was "prime minister" of Taiwanese government (行政院長).
★ Taiwan's image ― weak outwardly, strong at home !
Taiwan Coast Guard vessel did little (spraying weak water like a piss) to protect Taiwanese fishing boats (came for protecting Diaoyu Islands) from Japan Coast Guard ship's attacks by firing strong, long-distanced water cannon in Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku Islands) event.
In contrast, Taiwan fired strong water cannon against weak students and civilians in Sun Flower event at 3-24-2014.
|pic. left: A large Japan Patrol ship was firing water cannon to Taiwanese fishing boat (left) and Taiwan Coast Guard vessel (middle). news photo in Apple Daily, 1-25-2013||pic. right: Taiwan police fired strong water cannon against weak students and civilians in Sun-Flower movement led by college students... news photo in Liberty Times, 3-28-'14 (by 王藝菘)|
★ Are all Taiwanese obedient citizens ? "台灣只有順民?" The Liberty Times, 1-4-2016
Taipei city mayor Ko expressed Taiwanese have always been bullied and toyed, hence lost confidence and passion, Ko concluded that Taiwan only has obedient, docile citizens who surrendered to their "lord", because according to medical gene experiments, docile dogs mating give birth to docile dogs, those some of Taiwanese revolted, resisted or rebelled were all killed by their rulers, the rest of Taiwanese are docile citizens, their children or descendants are even more docile.
★ Bradley University survey & WebMD report : " Who's No. 1 in Self-Esteem?"
A "sense of national honor" survey in 34 countries the world's 34 countries)
★ "The exploration and analysis of Taiwanese personality" , National Normal University in ChangHwa on Taiwan, by Hsu C.J. & professor advisor ZHANG, DE-RONG, 1992
Conclusion ( in brief ) : Taiwanese personality most likely is
utilitarian and traditional.
ps: Baidu (China) : utilitarian ― snobby man, other definitions : believe utility value, useful function, etc
into Taiwan's national character" article in <the
(one of best-selling newspaper), 曹純
Taiwanese personality had already seriously been distorted after having
experienced 50 years' coercion and enslavement education by KMT (largest
political party in Taiwan).
1. Taiwanese have no back-bones and no longer prefer death (by pro. killing) to humiliation, Taiwanese would rather being raped or being brainwashed for small benefits.
2. Taiwanese don't make clear distinction between right and wrong,
3. Lacking of self-confidence,
4. Sense of Inferiority, 5. Weak,
6. Good part of Taiwanese character includes simple , moderate, compliant (土直 、謙抑) etc. http://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/47359 Dec 10, 2005
"Look through Taiwan's national character/personality", <Liberty Times>, 12.10.'05
Ranking No.1 on Google by "Taiwanese national character" in Chinese at July 20, 2015
Headline in head-page of <the
United Daily News>, Sept. 3,
" Scholars' view : Taiwan's society ― Too irrational and too emotional ! "
|"Taiwanese community/society ― Too irrational and too moody ! ", <United daily News> 9.3.2009|
Although our media in front-line still
have been investigating (Yang's disqualification in
Asian Games) and trying to find out the truth, Taiwanese people in the rear already
flew into a fury for their national emotion ...
◎ May 15, 2010 : Editorial in Chinese, theme: : 「全民公審了一名跆拳裁判之後」
(translation : "After Taiwanese people gave a cultural-revolution style public trial on a referee ")
§ Concerning public issues, Taiwanese people are too subjective and moody ...
§ Taiwanese Taekwondo association's penalty to Mr. ChengDa-wei is a political judgment for reasons :
(1) Taiwanese people's angers ( lost gold medal, etc )
(2) Athletics units are afraid of high-ranking official
(3) Cheng Da-wei is "alone" in Taiwan ― no connections ...
◎ May 15, 2010 : Editorial in English ― "Punishing a Taekwondo referee"
§ ... This incident reflects growing populism in Taiwan and gives us a chance for self-reflection.
In recent years, discussions about public issues in Taiwan are usually dominated by emotional
and subjective rhetoric due to a fundamental political divergence.
§ ... We wonder if, in a civilized society, it is tolerable to use the verdict of public critics to
punish a Taekwondo coach?
§ ... We strongly believe that now is the time for local society to conduct a deep examination
of its conceit and shallow culture.
are Taiwanese weak-kneed ?"
<the Liberty Times>, Taiwan, Jan. 31, 2012 , "Political News edition".
The saying "Taiwanese have no spines/backbones" has been talked about everywhere, e.g., before the presidential election, most Taiwanese understood the big gap between the rich and the poor in Taiwan is currently the most urgent problem to be solved, but, when voting moment came, Taiwanese did threw justice away, and only took" intimidation/ treat" card into consideration. (「恫嚇牌」)
...... a bunch of Taiwanese, as the words by which Japanese (name 後藤新平) humiliated Taiwanese, are "Money is everything/eager for money " and "not willing to run big risk for righteousness/justice, etc" (「怕死、愛錢」)...
Perhaps, Taiwan's national character from 400 years ago on, is exactly "dance with" whoever came to be their "boss", only minority did resist ...... Is this sort of slavishness/servility culture Taiwanese culture?？... http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/2012/specials/election/cont.php?nt=2&pt=96&type=a&no=557004
★ "Taiwan's national character", <the Liberty Times>, Nov. 17, 2013
brief: National character is the soul
of a nation, Taiwan's soul is collapsing(加速崩解中),
which is largest risk of Taiwan.... Taiwan's leaders in politics and
business are liars and don't like to take any responsibility (e.g., in
cooking oil scandal), their character is so low and lousy...
★ <Study on Taiwanese character ─ By historical comparative approach>, by Liao, Li Wei , 2008
◎ Taiwanese people is utilitarian, superstitious, and likes fighting (struggle or conflict) by nature
◎ Taiwanese is down-to-earth (practical, pragmatic, realistic), seeking instant benefits/success, willing to strive for better future. ...
◎ Vulgar & collages
◎ New things best but won't last long
◎ Blindly obedient (conformity)
◎ Identity (value) disorder
◎ Collective personality includes lacking self-confidence, uneasy, unstable and sad mood...
★ Taiwan's social value ― news report concerning Taiwanese teen (under age) prostitutes
◎ <the China Times > Oct. 30, 2010 : Taiwanese laugh at the poor, instead of prostitutes ... that's Taiwan's social value.
◎ <Liberty Times > Oct. 30, 2010 : The social value gives kids wrong concept, ... education should let kids know .... Money is not everything.
◎ <Apple Daily News > Oct. 30, 2010 : Taiwanese teenagers' moral value weakened .... we should rebuild our social value system.
★ <CNA>, April 29, 2012
Dr. C. L. Yang's
latest book「台灣大崩壞」mentions Taiwanese people are short-sighted for money,
for money's sake Taiwan's
populist legislators ( status
similar to Congressman )
influence gov. lacking of fairness and justice......
★ <Radio Taiwan International >, Dec. 3, 2008
Taiwan's president Ma hopes mainland Chinese understand Taiwan's society through <Cape No.7>, Taiwan's all-time grossing film.
★ <Foreign Policy>, 1.29.2015 http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/29/taipeis-fiery-new-mayor-knows-whose-culture-is-best/
On Asian history and colonization:
For the [world’s] four Chinese-speaking regions — Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mainland China — the longer the colonization, the more advanced a place is. It’s rather embarrassing. Singapore is better than Hong Kong; Hong Kong is better than Taiwan; Taiwan is better than the mainland. I’m speaking in terms of culture.
★ The book <The Ugly Side of Taiwanese> ( author : G. Lee 李喬, published in 1988 & 1993, ... USA : 714-8631618)
| 1. Taiwanese
people were conscious of being an orphan since China had abandoned this
island after having lost a battle to Japan at 1894.
The Taiwanese prefer to be an orphan, and prefer to be under control (being indifferent to justice), and have no conscience to distinguish rightness from wrong.
Taiwanese feel inferior, lowly, humble .... with guilty conscience
( They used to swallow insults and admit their 'guilt'... ) , are willing to be in
inferior ranking status
2. In bribery Taiwanese believe. The Taiwanese believe "money talks", and treat religion as trading or bribery, nothing to do with soul, spirits.
3. Taiwanese people are somebody indoors , nobody outdoors.
4. Selfish, Indifferent to public issues.
5. Learnt no lessons from Taiwan's history
6. Taiwanese life style, career, and
cultures are far from delicacy, creativity,
7. Selfish (be worldly wise and play
safe, not run risk for righteousness ), cruel or
8. Lousy work ethics (business morals) - to sacrifice others' health or even life.
Brief in Chinese
The book < 台灣人的醜陋面 > ( author : G. Lee 李喬, published in 1988 & 1993, etc)
( details ref publisher in USA : 714-8631618 )
1. 自甘做長不大的孤兒； 自卑感、罪惡感、認命、
is a brief, to avoid translation problem, pls. purchase the book
★ Decoding new generation's nature ... <the China Times>, 6.11.2014 (解讀Z世代 網路養大 務實不受拘束)
brief: Youngsters participating in
so-called Sun-flower Movement (2014) are "Z generation" (or "N
generation"), they're cultured/cultivated/educated by internet world and
have unconstrained/unregulated and practical/realistic/utilitarian nature.
★ "Taiwanese yield to reality" , <the China Times>, Nov. 15, 2013
Taiwan's position to national identity is vacillating, Wu Dong Ye (NCCU scholar): Taiwanese mentality condescend (yield to) reality. (泛中國人的比例從64%提升至67%，58%受訪者對國族認同立場反反覆覆表示諒解，說明台灣人屈就現實的心態。 )
★ "Chinese Wolf ", <Business Today 今周刊>, Sept. 5, 2013 http://www.businesstoday.com.tw/article-content-80396-102030
According to a survey conducted by <Business Today>, Chinese career/working style (personality) just like the wolf (1. sharp sense to attack when opportunity comes, 2. very aggressive and sort "greedy" - get it as much as possible, don't let it go once hold it, 3. team-work to achieve the goal ), Taiwanese likes the sheep (mild, nice, attentive, yield, "溫良恭儉讓"). details pls. refer to the link above.
★ "100 big events in Taiwan's history" , book author: Lee S.F. (ISBN 9578246250, 1999)
Taiwanese personality had been seriously
◎ Taiwanese (under long-time colonial governance) were even more inferior than before, they tried every efforts to obey the rulers for self-preservation.
◎ Taiwanese feared, despaired and felt disappointed at politics.
★ <Apple Daily News> Editorial , 11.11.2010
Probably more than 1/3 of Taiwanese elites (high education and young & middle-aged people) prefer immigration, only 13% of Japanese like to do so. (Gallop USA) It's pretty sad for a country.
United Daily News>, June 5, 2014
(Living edition A6)
1/3 Taiwanese feel unhappy according to a local survey. (MD suggests having Vitamin C, fruits/vegetables to help emotional stability)
★ < Reader's Digest > , July 25, 2007
A "honesty test" in last year : the test left behind 30 mid-priced mobile phones in 35 cities, and watched & called the phone number whenever someone picked up the phone, to see whether or not that person answered the phone-call and then return the mobile phone, or will pressed The default number to contact the owner.
Generally speaking, Chinese society was not too honest in that test, Taipei and Singapore, both ranked 25th. Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur ranked the last - 35th.
latest Reader's Digest test reported in Hong Kong that in a test
conducted in 32 cities, Taipei (16 out of 30 people will return the
phone) ranked 27th.
reported in Hong Kong & by Apple Daily News Taiwan )
★ <Apple Daily News> Editorial , May 26, 2010
"China's characteristics in Taiwan's characteristics" : ...Taiwan's characteristics include China's characteristics ― which is short of enough modernization , that's a problem...
★ <Apple Daily News> news report & Editorial , Oct. 6, 2011
According to a survey by
<Cheers>: The purpose Taiwanese career people born
from 1981 till 1990 work for is "life style" , which is
different from "making a living" that most Taiwanese were,
besides, more than 64% define "success" as "leading a happy
life", 38% as "owning money/richness" , more than 38% are
not willing to compromise "life style" with "hard working
<Apple Daily news>, middle April, 2013
Taiwanese people are the ninth most honest hotel guests in the world, according to an industry survey (Among 28 countries and the region of Hong Kong ) by Hotels.com released in 2013, Denmark topped the list, followed by the Netherlands and Norway, China and USA are the 6th from the last in the survey.
★ <Washington Post> 2013/5/15
According to the World Values Survey: A fascinating map of the world's most and least racially tolerant countries,
The percentage of that Taiwanese do not want a neighbor of a different race is between 5% and 9.9%. Taiwan obtains quite high score. ( an astonishingly high 71.8 percent of Hong Kongers )
Taiwan still has very top personality person, e.g., professor Ja-Liang Lin (director of Clinical Toxicology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital & medical University ) . According to media reports, Dr. Lin does not accept any money and invitation for commercials/advertsiements, and an award (scholar prize) NT20,000,000 (about USD600,000), he by himself against officials in power (Taiwanese government) and super power's policy, etc.
★ <United Daily News>, head page & headline, Aug. 28, 2014
United Daily News
survey center :
In Taiwanese "mature generation's" eye, "young generation" is creative (創新57.9%), but insatiable / greedy(73.9%)、irresponsible(68.5%)、lazy (懶散52.2%)、exclusiveness(排他58.5%).
In "young generation's" eye, "mature generation" is responsible(73.3%)、working hard (78%)、Content(知足61.1%)、tolerant/inclusive(包容51.6%), but too traditional(傳統69.2%).
★ Taiwan's personality
◎ July 22, 2007 : One of Taiwan's political leaders ( the D.P.P. political party ) in D.C., USA described Taiwan as a dance hostess who gave service to ( shook body with ) whoever visiting guests came along... ( reported by major media in Taiwan and red China - i.e., People.com )
Oct. 19, 2004 :
( also namely, the Chinese Nationalist Party, Kuomintang, or pan Blue ), Taiwan's one among 2 biggest political parties, mocked
(pan Green), another major party, "suck Uncle Sam's dick", the DPP mocked
the KMT "suck China's dick"...
( "suck one's dick" is sort of direct translation, which can be interpreted as "kiss one's ass" or adulation, etc )
◎ April, 2017:
notorious for a major drug transit center & a major drug exporting country,
and for its fraud crimes all over the world, Taiwan largely sees these telecom
frauds/phone scammers as an asset rather than liability ......
★ Taiwanese image ― a farmer ? (McDonald's ads.)
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SARS 期間，國人(官員,議員, 醫界,民眾)的反應，某種程度透露出台灣人的人格/性格/個性。
請refer to書籍 <疫病與社會：台灣歷經SARS風暴之醫學與人文反省> (作者：蔡甫昌、江宜樺等, 出版社：國立臺灣大學醫學院, 出版 ：Sept. 2012) 與SARS期間報紙。
◎不遵守居家隔離 ― 某研究員自香港返回台灣，按照規定必須居家隔離十天，但該研究員沒有自我隔離，還到學校教書、隨後並出國。
◎市長帶頭阻撓病患轉院 ― 衛生署將某醫院疑似染SARS的三名病患轉送到另一縣市署立醫院，遭其市長、議長、市議員以及該院週遭七個里的里長，率眾以車輛、肉身阻擋在醫院急診室前的通道上，要求病患原車北返。經內政部長、三黨民意代表斡旋、衛生署副署長保證疫情不會在該市擴散後，方解除這場抗爭。
ps: SARS 期間，也有蠻多國人展現高貴情操。
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