Nachdem die Festlandschinesen aus der Volksrepublik China nun in das demokratische China fliegen dürfen, ohne einen mehrstündigen Umweg über Hong Kong zu machen, kommen erste Reaktionen in den Medien:
Culture Shock For Chinese Tourists And Taiwanese Hosts
Others, such as taxi driver Huang Li-kuo, are more tolerant. „The mainland tourists remind me of how we Taiwanese were when we first travelled abroad. We were also censured for talking loudly in public and haggling over prices,“ he said.
Taiwan had already established itself as a regional economic powerhouse when the mainland began liberalising its economy in the 1970s and 1980s.
„That is why some Taiwanese still have a condescending attitude towards the mainlanders,“ said Taiwanese Wang Hsing-ching, a well-known political commentator who pens columns under the pseudonym, Nanfang Shuo.
„But there has been a dramatic shift in attitude with the Chinese economy taking off. In fact, some Taiwanese have swung from one extreme to the other – from looking down on mainlanders to worshipping them as saviours of Taiwan’s economy,“ he told The Straits Times.