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Post time 2014-8-14 21:03:05 |Display all floors
discussion on August 6 between a television host and a computer expert on Taiwan television about smartphone trends in the Chinese mainland and Taiwan seems a bit presumptuous to mainland onlookers.

When the host asked the expert to explain why smartphones were more popular in the mainland than in Taiwan, the expert said that due to the wide income gap in the mainland, some people in the blue collar group can not afford to purchase computers so they turn to smartphones.

If you take the comment as an insult to Chinese mainlanders who are too poor to buy a computer, you are not the only one. Many mainland Net users quickly responded by satirizing Taiwanese lack of understanding of the mainland and mocking such apparent discrimination.

This finally led the program to issue a clarification on its Facebook page that the expert's comments had been misunderstood by Net users, which was "regrettable."

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Post time 2014-8-14 21:06:34 |Display all floors
This is not the first time that Taiwan TV programs caused an online agony in the mainland. Earlier this year, a Taiwan commentator  said many people in the Chinese mainland can't afford to buy a "tea egg," a popular savory street snack,which is only 0.6 yuan.

People in the mainland see such comments as proof of wide misconceptions many Taiwanese hold toward the mainland. Some Taiwanese people are unaware of or are not used to the fact that the mainland has transcended its underdeveloped past to become an economic powerhouse, and they still display a superiority complex toward mainlanders. This makes the mainland an easy target for Taiwan's media.

Thus the mainland audience is able to see how there is a lack of understanding among Taiwanese toward the mainland, and how, a few months ago, Taiwan students initiated the sunflower movement to object to a trade pact with the mainland at the cost of the island's economic prosperity.

This certainly has created some negative sentiments between mainlanders and Taiwanese, as the mainlanders find that Taiwanese society, which prides itself on its democratic practice and rule of law, behaves irrationally toward its mainland counterpart.

From mainland online opinions, we can see that Net users just laughed off the comments made on Taiwan TV.

Actually, many of them are fans of Taiwan's programs, especially entertainment ones. After they watch the programs and experience Taiwan, they feel it is a place as familiar as home. Some Net users from Taiwan have also called on mainlanders to not take unintentional words on TV too seriously. These perhaps are a sign of hope for better cross-Straits relations.


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Post time 2014-8-15 08:53:32 |Display all floors
This post was edited by jay_dee at 2014-8-15 08:55

I don't think it was meant as an insult at all.
If you have internet and apps on your phone you don't really need a computer.
I'm just here for the money

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