With prominent figures like Anthony Wong (Anthony William Perry) making the move to Taiwan and considering settling down there, many Hong Kongers are thinking of making the move. The video below made by a “mixed” couple offers very practical, down-to-earth advice targeting Hong Kongers considering settling down in Taiwan.
The best comment is the one I captured below. The translation is just below the image. I wish Singaporeans could have the courage to say the same thing to the numerous immigrants we have been accepting all these years.
I would suggest that if you’re coming here just to escape from calamity and not become one of us, then don’t come to Taiwan.
First of all, what’s the definition of a Taiwanese?
A Taiwanese is someone who always puts Taiwan’s interests first, sees all issues from Taiwan’s perspective and be willing to to protect Taiwan at all personal cost.
This is what it means to be Taiwanese.
The biggest problem in Taiwan is that there is a bunch of people who live in Taiwan but lack a sense of belonging and identity towards Taiwan. They keeping thinking that they are “中国人” (example mainland refugees 1949) first and Taiwanese second.
With the current situation in Hong Kong, Taiwan is once again facing the situation of accepting a large number of immigrants, this time Hong Kongers.
As a Taiwanese, I want to know whether the Hong Kong people coming here are willing to become Taiwanese or do they just want to be a Hong Konger living in Taiwan?
Can you put Taiwan’s first even when those interests are in conflict with Hong Kong’s interests?
If your intention is just to escape from the regime, then I suggest that you don’t come. Taiwan does not need to accept a group of refugees whose hearts are not with Taiwan.
Many from the last batch of refugees have not been able to integrate. With another batch of refugees who do not really want to be Taiwanese, then Taiwan will suffer yet another setback.
Travelling as a tourist and migrating are totally different ball games. The Hong Konger here is realistic and down-to-earth. He admits that he is pessimistic and hopes that aspiring immigrants would not waste their time or lose their money. Doing one’s homework may be the easy part. Putting what you’ve learned into practice is the real challenge.