I grew up in Kansas, a super friendly place. However, safety seemed to always be an ever present issue. I vividly remember the shock that reverberated across my community when Kelsey Smith, a girl from a high school close to me, was kidnapped and killed while exiting a Target close to my high school. A few years earlier Ali Kemp was raped and killed working at a pool not far from where I live. I was on a run in high school when I was followed and harrassed by a man in a truck who “just wanted to talk” and repeatedly yelled at me to “come here.”
Feeling safe as a woman has not been a privilege afforded to me in the United States.
Conversly, Taiwan is the second safest country in the world (except when you get in a car; the roads are crai). This safety feels like such a privilege. I can walk around at night and I feel safe. Obviously, I still need to take precautions/carry a cell phone, etc., but Taiwan is a safe place!
Having the privilege of feeling safe has been the single biggest (positive) culture shock to me. I suppose this is how males feel all the time? It is incredible to think that Taiwan is actually safer for me, as a young woman, than America is. Mind blowing! I anticipate that when I return to the U.S. this will be the greatest shock to my system.
Why is Taiwan so much safer? What is the difference? I have some ideas, however I’m not sure what merit they hold. Guns don’t seem to be allowed here. Hyper-masculinity isn’t promoted here like it is in the states. I don’t know what it is, but if I had to write a research paper on something here, I think I would persue that topic.