The problem with Janet Hsieh and the crowd like her that praises perpertual positivity and fakeness is that they place political correctness over truth.
You see, the unspoken law of political correctness says that everywhere you go, you have to be positive and non-controversial. And when asked about any particular country, you are expected to say, "the place is great and the people are friendly", even when it's not true. To do otherwise is a taboo that few dare to do.
Most people, especially young people, are conformists who are trying to fit in and be socially accepted. They do not think freely nor do they speak freely. Having no mind of their own, they will conform without even being told to. Therefore, they will conform to political correctness as well.
The problem with political correctness is that it places positivity and politeness over truth, honesty and free speech. This means you are not allowed to talk about the negatives about a country or culture, especially when it involves people. What this means if that if I go to Taiwan (Janet Hsieh's holy shrine) or Japan, or a similar type of culture, and I find the people to not be friendly (outside of elderly people and customer service people), I'm NOT allowed to speak honestly about it.
In reality, Taiwanese are very insular, cold, closed and uptight. They are not open or natural at all, but very repressed and high strung. This is especially the case with young women (which makes Taiwan suck), who are very closed, stuck up, cold, uptight, devoid of personality and have no social skills. They are extremely cliquish, not open or natural at all. Their body language is 100 percent uptight and are not relaxed at all. They have no social skills and only know how to talk to people in their small circle consisting of other similar insular people with no social skills.
Further, the vibe in Taiwan makes me feel very uncomfortable. I can't breathe or relax. It's way too uptight and repressed, and what's more, I'm NOT allowed to talk about it due to politically correct censorship. It's almost like if you aren't closed and uptight, then you don't fit in Taiwan, which is weird. So basically, if you are honest, sane and aware, then you are abnormal in Taiwan. It's kind of upside down, like the Twilight Zone. Either way, Taiwan is definitely NOT for people who are freethinkers or nonconformists.
Now the thing is, if I tell the above truths to local Taiwanese people, NONE of them deny it. They all know that their own Taiwanese are not open, and consider Westerners to be far more open. Taiwanese will admit that their women are closed and not open to strangers or easy to talk to or meet at all. It's so obvious that not even native local Taiwanese will deny it. Thus, when I bring this up, none of them argue with me, but admit that I'm right.
However, when I say the above to Westernized politically correct types of people (whether White or Asian), they will start denying it and getting defensive because I've violated the guidelines of political correctness. They are programmed to get offended and argue against any observations that are not politically correct. I mean, sure everyone will have different experiences in Taiwan. But many people will lie about their experiences just to sound positive so as not to look like a loser too. I've seen this. And some will fabricate examples as well. Most young people only want to hear that "everything is great and everything is cool" rather than the honest truth. It's weird.
But again, the important thing is that the most honest and objective people will concur that what I say about Taiwan is mostly true, and virtually 100 percent of local native Taiwanese will admit that I'm right as well. This speaks volumes.
In fact, if you walk around Taiwan, you will see that most foreigners only hang out with other foreigners. They certainly don't hang out with groups of local Taiwanese. Sometimes, in groups of foreigners, there will be a few Westernized Taiwanese or Asians as well. But these Westernized Taiwanese types that hang in foreigner groups do not reflect the mainstream closed insular Taiwanese. They are pro-Western Taiwanese who vibe with foreigners better and feel more free and relaxed around them (as opposed to uptight repressed Taiwanese).
Anyway, the point is that since most foreigners in Taiwan are seen mostly with other foreigners, this speaks volumes to support my case. It means that Taiwan is obviously NOT an inclusive culture at all. In contrast, in more inclusive countries such as those in Europe, Russia, or South America, you will see foreigners with groups of locals all the time.
So you see, there are volumes of data that support my claims about Taiwan. Besides my own experience, I have many testimonials from others as well attesting to the same. I am also a credible source in that I have a reputation for accuracy, honesty and not being afraid to stand up for the truth. So I know I am telling the truth.
The only problem with the truth about Taiwan I've told above is that political correctness, which rules the speech of most of the young generation, says that it is NOT allowed to be spoken. Instead, I am expected to lie and say that "Taiwan is great! People are very friendly!" Well I don't know about you, but I hate lying, especially about a country that I find very unfriendly and get bad vibes from.
Now keep in mind that people have different definitions of what "friendliness" means. So in that sense, the word is a little subjective. By "friendliness" I am not talking about polite people or helpful customer service people, like most people are. No. To me, "friendliness" means:
- Being approachable and engaging
- Easy to chat up and socialize with, feels natural and fluid
- Having a relaxed open body language toward strangers rather than an uptight cold wall.
This definition would apply to people in Russia, Eastern Europe, Philippines and South America - according to my experiences and that of many that I know. But this definition would definitely NOT apply to Taiwanese, especially young Taiwanese women. No way jose.
Another telling sign is that Taiwanese consider Americans to be more open and friendly than themselves are. This is odd though, because any honest aware person in America knows that people are VERY socially isolated there. In the real USA, people don't know their neighbors, the social atmosphere is NOT inclusive, there is no sense of human connection or camaraderie, people don't talk to strangers, and communication is usually business related. This is because America is a business culture where communication is generally for business and sales purposes only, and everything is VERY compartmentalized, including social interaction.
Yet in spite of this, Taiwanese think Americans are a lot more open and friendly than they are. This speaks volumes. I mean, to see an isolated disconnected culture like America as being more friendly and open than your own, means you must come from a really SUPER closed, cold and insular culture! LOL. In other words, if one thinks a cold place is warm, then one must come from an even colder place! LOL. Joking aside, I know that the image of America being very open and expressive probably comes from Hollywood films, but still, you get the idea. (The same goes for the Japanese view of Americans too)
The point is, I don't think it's right for people like Janet Hsieh and the politically correct people who act like her (as though nothing negative exists in the universe) to suppress or censor out the truth about Taiwan, just because it's a taboo. Since when did politeness and positivity take a higher position than truth, honesty and free speech? It's crazy. I don't agree with it, and I think it's wrong as well.
Truth should not be suppressed in the name of political correctness. If one can't be honest, then one cannot be true. Suppressing one's feelings is not healthy either. But political correctness does just that. It denies the truth and censors it. It puts pressure on people to conform in order to be accepted. Most young people have a need to fit in and be accepted. Some want to be popular too. So they conform to politically correct censorship over being honest and truthful. I don't like that and don't agree with that. This is my beef with them.
Yes I know that Janet Hsieh is a paid actor who hosts a travel show which is probably scripted, so that she may not be saying what she truly thinks about everything. But it's a good bet that most of her personality does fit the role, so that she is being herself most of the time, otherwise she would not do well in her role. After all, actors have to identify with their role in some way to play their part successfully.
But most young people in real life do follow the law of political correctness and will say that "this culture is great, people are very friendly" everywhere they go, whether it is true or not, because that's what they are EXPECTED to say. So what I say here about political correctness does apply to most young people, if not Janet Hsieh.
I don't know about you, but I think it's a sad society when people can't be honest and speak the truth over fear of what others will think. What's the point of the First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech if one is not allowed to be honest? See what I mean? I hope you see my point.