1. Taipei, pro-Blue female. “Koreans are so arrogant! You know they tried to register the Dragon Boat race with [some UN organization] as a Korean tradition that they invented?”
2. Kaohsiung, female. “I hate (討厭）Korea! I have interacted with many Korean women at international conferences and they are always talking. They are so loud and very rude.”
3. Kaohsiung, male pro-Green graduate student. Has studied Korean at university level. “I hate (討厭) Koreans! I knew many Koreans at university and they were so rude, arrogant, and obsessed with their pride. Koreans hate the Japanese. They are always trying to show how they are as good as the Chinese, and when it comes to the Taiwanese, they look down (看不起) on us.
My few Taiwanese friends have always commented on how hyper-nationalistic Koreans have seemed to them, but also, like the blog post points out, how popular Korean products have become. We saw that a little bit last month when Korea Beat directed us to a humorous map depicting "The World From a Taiwanese Perspective," where Korea is labelled "They say they created the world."
Hmm, and there's another reason why some Taiwanese might dislike Korea.