Black People!

January 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm (Race, Taipei) ()

Standing at an intersection today I caught sight of something shocking: at three of the four corners of the intersection there was a black person (at one corner there were even two). There’s only one explanation for this phenomenon: I must be in Harlem 😉

In case you didn’t know, there are not many black people in Taipei, or Taiwan in general. I could easily go several days without seeing another black person (with the exception of the two in my program). In other parts of Taipei less populated with foreigners, one could go a few weeks without seeing someone black. And in other parts of Taiwan there are people who have never seen or met a black person in real life.

So how is it there came to be four black people standing at that intersection today? My personal theory is that the 75 degrees partially sunny day brought us all outside. It’s certainly a nice break from the rainy 60 degree weather we’ve had the past few weeks.

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on the election…

*Update* This day gets stranger and stranger. Tonight I saw two more black girls, and one said hi to me.



  1. Calvin said,

    A black French friend I met at NTU went to a rural village somewhere in the middle of the country. The schoolchildren there tried to rub her color off of her.

  2. Tiffany B said,

    Oh dear, I could see that happening. Actually, people in Taipei are a lot more polite about skin color, the most I get is people staring at me. Now, on the mainland, I had random people on the street toughing me.

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