Waigoren Taiwan Project

Monday, January 30, 2006

Welcome to Waigoren Taiwan!

A new project under way with the task of collecting stories about Taiwan as viewed through the eyes of 'waigoren'. The aim is to collect an array of stories, anecdotes and reflections from as broad a cross-section of waigoren as possible, in order to present a complete picture of their Taiwan experience.

It is hoped that we can collect stories right from the inception of the R.O.C. in 1949 through to the present. Stories of every kind are welcome- we want a complete picture including the good, the bad and the ugly! It is anticipated that the collection process will take a year (possibly longer) and those stories selected for inclusion may be edited or condensed. However, those who do NOT contribute anonymously will get the chance to approve such editorial meddlings.

Stories can be of any kind and any length- doing business in Taiwan, relationships, communication problems, having fun in Taiwan, having a nightmare in Taiwan, weird experiences, great experiences and on and on: it is hoped that the stories received will reflect the diversity of experiences waigoren have had here through the years.

Stories can be emailed to waigorentaiwan@yahoo.com.

Alternatively, you can post stories in the comments section of this blog page.

So, if you have any stories about Taiwan you wish to share, email or post now. Likewise, if you know anyone who you think could positively add to this project please let them know about this blog.

It is hoped at the end of the project to publish them in book format, alongside photographs and commentary about the political, economic, social and cultural developments underway during this period. So please help and spread the word.

12 Comments:

Blogger waigoren taiwan said...

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11:03 PM  
Blogger waigoren taiwan said...

Have received some good feedback already, which is encouraging. One particular comment came from Tim Lauer who mentioned that 'waigoren' in pinyin would be 'Wai Guo Ren.'
He also suggested an alternative name: 'Lao Wai' which may, ultimately, prove to be a better name. Many thanks Tim.
Indeed, all comments, thoughts and suggestions regarding this project are welcomed- they can only enhance its development.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Joel Haas said...

I vote for Wai Guo Ren because it proper Pinyin and it's what I hear most often rather than lao wia.

6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks Joel. I do think that Wai Guo Ren has more when it comes to 'name recognition' in people's minds- so will probably go with that. The blog site and email where stories can be posted will remain as 'Waigoren Taiwan' in the immediate future- but the ultimate product will be in the correct pinyin.
Waigoren Taiwan

7:42 PM  
Blogger thoughtfire said...

It sounds like a good project. Taiwan has a rich culture with nice people and an incredible diversity that I think is increasingly more of a well kept secret among expats.

There is a book out like this, I just picked up a copy when I was in Taiwan last at that great bookstore in the 101 building, but I think it's focusing more on writers and those types of people. The story of gaijin in Japan has been well documented, but the tale of wai guo ren in Taiwan has yet to be told.

I'll send something in when I can get it together.

12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Waiguoren" is a single word, so it should not be written as "wai guo ren."

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks anonymous for that. But have you got any stories?
Waigoren Taiwan

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

waiguoren is a compound word comprised of 3 words, not a single word, is it not?

anyway, are you going to post any of these stories on the blog, or is the blog just a contact point for the project?

thanks.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the blog is just a contact point for the project. stories are being sent to the email address provided.
waigorentaiwan.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What will we see of the stories?
It owuld be interesting to see each people feedback as they come.

12:31 PM  
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