Dear MeiGui: They eat welfare in Canada
Originally published in The China Post, 10/26/08
Let me tell you; family law in Taiwan is chaotic.
I am a 48-year-old; married to a mainland China wife; man from PingTung, and not only do I get no respect from my wife, but I also get no respect from the law.
Every night, my wife scolds me because my friends and I drink Kaoliang together after we park our taxis. She thinks I should work more so that I can help her pay the rent and buy food. Can you believe it? It is too tiring to drive a taxi in Taipei for more than seven or eight hours a day.
Last month, my wife nagged me and nagged me until I lost control and smashed up the living room furniture; then she called the police. What kind of wife does this?
Then, the police came to my house and told my wife she should divorce me. In fact, after they talked with her, she signed the paper to arrange a divorce and mailed it to the court. I had to wait a whole month before she finally calmed down and started to think clearly.
Anyway, she apologized to me, so I decided not to leave her. However, when we went to the court to tell the judge we settled our problem, he scolded us. He said our arguments wasted both his time and the policemenís time. What nonsense talk is this?
My wife and I argue because of money problems, so that judge should try to help us; not scold us. I told the judge if the government gives us 10,000 dollars a month, we will never argue again; but he refused to help.
Anyway, I was so angry I went home and argued with my wife again. What kind of family law is this?
-- Please Translate
Dear Please Translate;
I am rendered speechless Ė a feat rarely realized.
-- They eat welfare in Canada, MeiGui
I am a lover not a fighter. Fights for me usually involve confusing dialog and a woman; not a gang of young local guys with bats. However, last Saturday night that was precisely how the evening ended for me at a watering-hole near my flat in SanChong.
Although no expert on Taiwan bar culture, I think that chatting up honeys is standard anywhere in the world. However, as soon as I started talking with one of the babes at the bar, I was jumped and practically beaten to death by a large group of guys.
I am now currently residing in a Taipei City hospital and still donít understand what happened. What should I do?
-- Scarred for Life
Dear Scarred for Life;
Leave the country.
-- Be happy Spin closed, MeiGui