Saturday, August 1, 2009

Their Thoughts on Colonialism

Today we went to Yingge - a little town in Taoyuan famous for ceramics. There was a festival going on at the museum, and as part of the events there was a goofy little skit in the amphitheater about the history of local pottery.

Part of the play chronicled the forced removal of the Dutch from Taiwan.

The Dutch colonist was played by a young Chinese man wearing a beaky white nose and a raggedy-ann style red wig. He spoke all his English lines with an exaggerated, whiny, stereotypical-gay accent.

The Chinese characters delighted in shooting him with foam darts.

Unfortunately, I wasn't carrying my camera.

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