Taiwanese Culture

Other Considerations

  • The relationship between Taiwan and China is a very sensitive topic. Be considerate of its complexities should it arise in conversations. Many of the younger generation of Taiwanese wish to define themselves as distinct from China as a way to combat possible stereotypes. Allow them this opportunity to express their identity and, to show sensitivity, refer to the People’s Republic of China as ‘mainland China’.
  • Taiwan enforces compulsory military service for all men over the age of 18. They are required to complete one year of national service, with exceptions being made only to those who have heavy family responsibilities, suffer from health issues, are outstanding athletes, or those who apply for a substitute service in lieu of military service.
  • The colours blue and black indicate sadness. White is usually reserved for funerals. Red, yellow, green and pink have positive connotations. However, writing to someone in red signifies that you are their blood enemy.
  • Four is considered to be an unlucky number, whereas eight is considered to be the luckiest number.
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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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