Anonymous asked: have you ever felt that some taiwanese people look down upon mainland chinese? i think being more westernized has to do with it, but i'm not sure. i have many taiwanese friends who refuse to be known as chinese (even tho they are han chinese) and like to ridicule the mainland for being brainwashed and uncivilized or whatever whenever they get the chanc
i don’t really know? i personally have not ever felt like taiwanese people looked down on me for being a mainlander but that ofc is not universal. i think it’s unfair to say taiwan is “more westernized,” though… like, i’m not super familiar with taiwan but it’s got cosmopolitan cities like taipei as well as rural areas, just like china has super “westernized” cities like beijing and shanghai. (not loving the choice of words here tbh)
i feel like there’s two major things to dissect here though. one is the fact that many taiwanese people do not identify as “chinese,” which i feel is often a political choice rather than purely cultural or ethnic. like ofc han taiwanese people recognize that they are of the han ethnicity i’m pretty sure. but identifying as “chinese” is a complex issue given the relationship between ROC and PRC and might be seen as giving legitimacy to the PRC’s “two chinas” policy and effectively admitting that taiwan belongs to the PRC. identifying as taiwanese and not chinese is instead a way of legitimizing the governance of the ROC. we might use “chinese” to denote an ethnic group, but in other contexts it denotes other meanings. for instance, i had a taiwanese friend who if you look at her looks very han, but she refuses to identify as “chinese” or even “asian” because her family has indigenous taiwanese roots and so she instead identifies as “pacific islander” in order to highlight her indigenous ancestry, and that is her prerogative.
the other thing is how taiwanese people feel about chinese people and i cannot answer that question.