Thursday, November 13, 2008

Where Patriotism and Stinginess Meet

From the Taipei Times:
A Chinese woman who immigrated to Taiwan through marriage earlier this week got into a dispute with a clerk at a convenience store in Kaohsiung City after saying that Taiwan is part of China.

The two-hour dispute occurred after the woman faxed a document to Xiamen, Fujian Province, and insisted that because Taiwan is part of China, she was only willing to pay the “domestic rate” for the service.

The woman said that since primary school her teachers and textbooks had taught her that Taiwan is a province of China and did not know why the store owner, surnamed Yen (顏), would not “admit” that Taiwan is part of China.

Rather than paying NT$85 per page for international faxing, the woman said she would pay the store NT$20 for domestic faxing, which the store owner refused, saying that yielding to the woman’s demand would be an affront to the nation’s dignity.

This amused me, although it will probably never be clear if that woman was motivated by Chinese patriotism or a simple desire to save NT$65 (about two US dollars).

I like how she "didn't know why" Mr. Yen would not "admit" Taiwan is part of China. As if, prior to walking into that convenience store, she had no idea that Taiwanese people were not proud citizens of the People's Republic of China.

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