So by now it has been two and a half months since I came back to California after living in Taiwan for three years.

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I do like Asian guys and loved Taiwan, so I wanted to try dating a local guy to see where that could lead.

But not only were Taiwanese guys shy, they were also put off by my terrible Mandarin and my sarcastic, slightly rough-around-the-edges, very American demeanor.

Being tattooed also seemed like a turn-off to locals, which in their more conservative culture is still viewed as rebellious or even “bad” over there.

You may have heard the rumor that Taipei is full of pretty young girls, and it’s true.

They are skinny with long, straight hair and nice skin, talented with makeup and stylishly dressed in their knock-off designer clothes, and they are everywhere.

I went from looking “exotic” in America (which I, being an ABC female, of course HATED) to looking fairly normal and blending in completely.While I liked blending in with the crowd and the feeling of anonymity it brought, I suddenly felt invisible.I took it for granted, even deciding at one point to completely shut off my dating life.I stayed abstinent for nearly two years, purposely staying away from potential drama while trying to “find my own independence” and “learn to love myself” and such crap.But after moving to Taiwan, I experienced a sudden change.Most guys would glance at me and then look away, not seeming to notice me.