Many newcomers are surprised at the friendliness and kindness of Taiwanese people. In a recent video, Russian YouTuber Lena, from “Travel North Taiwan,” revealed other aspects of Taiwan that have surprised her, like how united the Taiwanese are.
“Taiwanese people are really cooperative!” Lena pointed out.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, she noticed that people in Taiwan tried their best to uphold epidemic prevention regulations, like wearing masks outdoors and even in the car.
The Russian YouTuber noted that not all parts of the world were this cooperative about the pandemic. “They even go to protest and stuff!” she said, referencing the mask-less protests in the United States.
However, a problem Lena wanted to address was the over usage of plastic packaging in Taiwan. One example she gave was bananas.
“Don’t bananas have their own skins? Why do you need to use plastic bags to package it?” she asked.
Lena went on to explain that plastic pollution is extremely harmful to the environment, with plastic needing 400 to 500 years to decompose.
To help combat the over usage of plastic, specifically in toothbrushes, the Russian YouTuber promoted Eco Choice, their own eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes.
Another aspect of Taiwanese culture that surprised Lena was the usage of selfie filters in photos.
“Don’t you find yourself beautiful?” she asked, confused why so many people use filters when taking pictures. “Taiwanese girls are beautiful! Don’t be so unconfident [sic] in yourself, okay?” she said.
Lena also mentioned that she was shocked by Taiwan’s superstitions. She once saw money on the ground but didn’t dare to pick it up because she heard that it would bring bad luck.
The video was well-received by the YouTube community, and the comment section provided a lot of positive comments and messages.
“Environmental protection is definitely a struggle for Taiwanese people. Thank you, Lena, for working to protect Taiwan’s environment!” someone commented.
“I agree, there’s too much plastic,” another agreed, “you can carry a lot even by using reusable bags. Hopefully, everyone can help protect the earth!”
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