Taiwanese Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do's

  • The Taiwanese tend to be very hospitable and willing to help a stranger in need, perhaps more so than is common in Australia. Be receptive to their friendliness and try to reciprocate it.
  • Be humble if you receive a compliment or flattery from your Taiwanese counterpart. They are likely to appreciate a sense of humility.
  • Make an effort to inquire about a Taiwanese person’s family. Since family plays a central role in Taiwanese culture, it is a common and considerably important topic of conversation. Your interest is likely to be appreciated and welcomed. 
  • Since many Taiwanese names are imbued with meaning, inquiring about the meaning of their name is a good way to break the ice.

 

Do not's

  • Do not presume a Taiwanese person’s opinion regarding Taiwanese-Chinese relations. If you are unclear about their views, it’s a good idea to avoid referring to Taiwan as ‘China’.
  • Avoid giving direct criticism towards a Taiwanese person or their family, business or Taiwan itself. This can lead to a loss of ‘face’ and leave your Taiwanese counterpart feeling embarrassed.
  • Don’t assume that Taiwanese people have the same behavioural customs as those in China. Despite perceived similarities, expectations and practices in behaviour and etiquette differ between the two cultures.
  • Never correct a Taiwanese person’s identity regarding whether they think of themselves as Taiwanese or Chinese. Whether one identifies as Taiwanese or Chinese is thought to be a personal choice and someone correcting this choice may be considered to be insensitive.
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Taiwan
  • Population
    23,464,787
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Mandarin Chinese (official)
    Taiwanese
    Hakka Dialects
  • Religions
    Buddhism (35.3%)
    Taoist (33.2%)
    Christian (3.9%)
    Taoist or Confucian folk religion (10%)
    None or Unspecified (18.2%)
    [2005 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Han Chinese [including Hoklo and Hakka] (95%)
    Indigenous (2.0%)
    Note: There are 16 officially recognised indigenous groups - the Amis, Atayal, Bunun, Hla'alua, Kanakaravu, Kavalan, Paiwan, Puyuma, Rukai, Saisiyat, Sakizaya, Seediq, Thao, Truku, Tsou, and Yami people.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    58
    17
    45
    69
    93
    49
  • Australians with Taiwanese Ancestry
    18,528 [2016 census]
Taiwanese in Australia
  • Population
    46,822
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Taiwan.
  • Average Age
    32
  • Gender
    Male (42.4%)
    Female (57.6%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (38.5%)
    Buddhism (35.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (3.5%)
  • Ancestry
    Chinese (75.9%)
    Taiwanese (23.7%)
    English (1.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Mandarin (87.1%)
    English (5.5%)
    Min Nan (3.1%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 75.4% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (38.1%)
    New South Wales (30.3%)
    Victoria (19.9%)
    Western Australia (6.0%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (52.8%)
    2001-2006 (19.2%)
    2007-2011 (23.0%)
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