white) foreigners as Xicanmei (西餐妹), literally „girls who like Western-style food.“ (This video by rapper Dog-G is one example.) I have also heard the term „Potato Queen“ (馬鈴薯皇后).The subject of intercultural/interracial relationships is being discussed But I had not yet seen an attempt to give a voice to those who are directly affected by such terms – namely, Taiwanese girls dating Western guys. (Click CC for English subtitles.) Some key statements: Over the last few years living in Taiwan, I have come to share many of these observations.If marrying in Taiwan is too remote a possibility to consider, it might be more helpful to think about how Taiwanese attitudes toward women can inform casual dating.Every culture has a set of “desirable” feminine traits it prescribes for women, and Taiwan is no different.Sky-high property prices in Taiwan make it difficult for young couples to move out on their own, which often causes married couples to live with two or three generations of family members in one apartment.As it is almost unheard of for a man to move in with his wife’s family, the burden of living with in-laws more often than not falls on women.The stereotype of Taiwanese people slaving over jobs they aren’t passionate about, working long unpaid overtime hours at the behest of their employers, or tackling what I would consider to be leisure activities with ruthless and robotic precision, might prove to be true.
Seemingly innocuous behavior like carrying your own backpack, asking a guy out on a date, or ordering for yourself at a bar could all be construed by Taiwanese people as unfeminine, or even vulgar.
But I suspect the perceived higher social status of Western women and the big, black omnipresent beast that is Chinese patriarchy both play a role.
Although patriarchy creates real concerns for women dating in Taiwan (or anywhere on earth for that matter), I do not mean to discourage foreign women from dating Taiwanese men.
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