Curious as to what you can expect if Taiwan ever got into a diplomatic dispute with your country?
Just ask the Filipinos currently living here.
I’d only briefly touched on this a few days ago when I noted that the at least five Taiwanese companies has contacted the government and expressed their desire to “expel” their Filipino employees.
In the subsequent days since, things have only deteriorated.
Occurring in southern Taiwan, where most of these type of incidents seem to happen,
a Philippine worker was attacked by four Taiwanese and beaten with iron sticks and baseball bats in Tainan City on May 16.
According to the police, a 30-year-old Philippine worker was surrounded and beaten by four Taiwanese men when he was on his way to work.
The police said no one that the worker knows has any resentment against him, so the police suspected that it may have been a random attack.
Random as in the attackers might not have known the victim, but obviously they were out for a little anti-Philippine vigilante justice.
Meanwhile the Philippine government aren’t really helping, advising Filipino nationals in Taiwan to ‘eat at home and avoid the streets‘.
Some communities have held rallies saying that they do not welcome Filipinos, vendors in a market in Changhua County posted signs saying that they would not conduct business with Filipinos
Filipino workers in Taiwan who were interviewed by Manila radio stations complained that some shops refused to sell them goods and restaurants would not serve them.
They did not give their names for fear of reprisals. A Taiwanese company that employs Filipinos printed a memo advising them to avoid fishing villages.
And it’s not just Filipinos being targeted either, if you have darkish skin and look south-east Asian, you’re fair game:
“It’s not just Filipinos; all immigrants from Southeast Asia in the country would feel threatened when walking on the streets,” TransAsia Sisterhood Taiwan executive secretary Ly Vuoch-heang (李佩香), who is an immigrant from Cambodia, told a news conference in Taipei.
“I’ve not been attacked, because I’m from Cambodia, but I don’t feel comfortable when people keep asking me whether I’m from the Philippines when I’m just going to buy lunch,” she said.
From the Philippines are you? NO LUNCH FOR YOU. [Read the rest of this entry...]