Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Rock stars

A bunch of people have told me that they find most Western teachers to be very arrogant. They generally mention me as an exception to this. I'm not sure in what way I'm different. Actually, it has me kind of concerned. I don't think most Westerners arrive in Taiwan automatically acting very arrogant. (In fact, maybe I'm wrong about the whole thing.) I wonder if there have been parts of my experience here that have led me to be less arrogant. Or if in fact I am less arrogant than other people.

Perhaps it's the strangely worshipful attitude that some people have for Westerners. I know this is sort of an old bone to pick, but still. Most other people I talk to find this behavior disconcerting and don't seem to enjoy it. But I sort of wonder, after being given a large number of free things and special discounts for being a foreigner who graced the shop. I sort of wonder if these sorts of things start to rub off on you.

Hopefully, this doesn't happen/ hasn't already happened to me.

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