TAIPEI, Taiwan - In a BBC Web article published recently on the corporation's Chinese website, a news reporter observed the recent surfacing of a less-discussed aspect of Taiwanese culture where agreeing to disagree is rare, if not unheard of, as is shown in the ongoing student protests.
The article focused on a known, but infrequently talked about, aspect of Chinese communication, whereby individuals tend to be head-strong and not question the perspectives they side with to the degree that they inform themselves solely with information that supports their perspective with no room for contestation.
As a result, said the author, there is a trend on Facebook where a mass "unfriending" of social media acquaintances can be observed among disagreeing friendship groups. But the most dramatic part of the incidents noted is the shocking choice of words and plainly rude name-calling that are not uncommon between "friends."
Not only did the author feel that Taiwan is torn apart by a difference in views, with no party able to see an ideological middle ground, the conflict is also apparently obvious within Taiwanese immigrant communities in England.
According to the author, in light of recent invents, the so-called politeness of the Taiwanese people is being called into question. Right wing and left wing followers "like" whatever posts agree with their perspective, while writing angry threads on posts they do not agree with, using cuss words rather than reason.
In conclusion, the author notes that although it is obvious in Taiwan, and among Taiwanese immigrants in England, that people are starting to understand the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement more and more, the same cannot be said about mutual understanding and logical conversations.
"Taiwan is now divided between many factions," wrote the author. "There are divisions between blue and green; left wing and right wing; the rich and the poor, but the concentration of members of each faction is fixated only on what they agree with."