Taiwan is a somewhat small island off the mainland of China. The Taiwanese culture is greatly influenced by Japan, Korea and the mainland of China. However, the Taiwanese culture, like any other culture, has its own unique & independant qualities that set it apart from the rest an make it different. We thought we would share a few facts about the culture of Taiwan to give all you readers a general understanding of this special culture!
Taiwaneses Cultural Facts
- Believe In Hard Work- The people of Taiwan believe in hard work from all. Children study relentlessly and have the world’s BEST scores in math!
- Respect & Honor- It is of great IMPORTANCE in the Taiwanese culture that you are polite, respect, and honor ALL elderly people.
- Far Back History- Taiwan history dates all the way back to the first known human existence!
- Teach Them Young- The Taiwanese believe in teaching children how to play musical instruments and learn math starting from very young age. Thats where those great math scores stem from!
- Religious Beliefs- Most of Taiwanese people are involved i either Buddhist or Taoist religions. We are firm believers in Nature’s Wisdom!
- Taiwanese Cuisine- The cuisine in taiwan is centered around rice and somewhat of a branch off from Japanese fare. The most commonly eaten meat is pork and some of the Taiwanese people do not eat beef, as it is against their religious beliefs.
- The Flag- The flag of Taiwan is also known as the KMT Party Flag. It consists of the colors red, white, and blue and depicts the image of a sun. The sun has 12 rays and each one stands for one of the 12 months of year and 1 Chinese hour of the clock. The red signifies livelihood & togetherness. The blue symbolizes nationalism & liberty. And the white signifies, democracy & equality!
- The Capital- The Capital of Taiwan is Taipei. Here you will find 20 different streets dedicated to all of the different fare that makes up Taiwanese cuisine
- Language of Taiwan- Taiwanese generally speak, Mandarin Chinese, Standard Mandarin & taiwanese Mandarin
- Personal Space- Taiwanese people like to have and appreciate their space. Which is somewhat contradicting Taiwan is one of the most densely population countries. Maybe that’s why a lot of us have migrated to the bay area. Great seafood and that fresh open ocean air!
- Mourn In White- Unlike most of western cultures, the Taiwanese believe that the color white symbolizes mourning & death. At funerals and memorials you will see the color white and never any black
The culture of the Taiwanese is beautiful, unique and inviting in so many ways. We hope you enjoyed our first blog post and will be back to read more about our diverse culture!