Taiwan highlights

2024-06-22

Hi guys, this is Jeremy. I believe those who viewed this might be interested in Taiwanese culture, and the information might also be beneficial when travelling in Taiwan. When people asked or tried to understand my culture, I would think it was a little bit hard to explain in English to some extent because Chinese is profound. Therefore, I attempted to establish a page in my blog to let you guys comprehend it. If you discover any mistakes or have any doubts, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Furthermore, this page does not include all the details regarding Taiwan, so if you enjoy reading more, feel free to contact me to add more. Also, thanks to the videos I have watched about diverse cultures, that inspire me to tell cultural stories in different ways.

Let's get started!


Daily life:

-Taiwan invented the bubble milk tea/boba tea.

-Taiwan is the first Asian country passed the homosexual marriage.

Songs and videos:

-KKBOX (established in Taiwan) focuses on regions in Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

-Steve Chen is one of the founders of YouTube (Taiwanese-American).

-Mandarin pop (Mandopop) (mostly represents the language and use in different regions, e.g., Taiwanese Mandarin songs.)

-Taiwanese pop (T-Pop) (Taiwanese songs)

Dramas (The classification in the Taiwanese drama market) (華 or 台劇 & 鄉土劇):

-Taiwanese dramas (produced in Taiwan, broadly include the ones in Mandarin-speaking and Taiwanese-speaking.)

Main languages & dialects:

Chinese

-People who mainly speak in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, China, Malaysia, and Singapore. It also includes the characters (Traditional Chinese & Simplified Chinese).

Mandarin

-Mostly represents the language used in a specific region. For example, Chinese Mandarin (Chinese in China) and Taiwanese Mandarin (Chinese in Taiwan).

Hokkien (colloquially say Taiwanese) (Chinese dialect)

-When we take tests or encounter any situations, we will choose either Chinese or Mandarin (first language), depending on what appears on the system.

The way Taiwanese type Chinese characters: Mandarin phonetic symbols (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ…) (only Taiwanese use this way to type Traditional Chinese characters)

-Chinese characters in Taiwan: Traditional Chinese (are used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.)

Other languages Taiwanese usually learn or can speak:

-English (International language) (Taiwanese mainly learn American English, but the tests like TOEIC and IELTS are British English.)

-Japanese (The country last colonized Taiwan, and some elderly had experienced the Japanese colonial period, so most of them can speak. It is also one of the languages Taiwanese usually learn.)

Others:

-Taiwanese mostly say we have a Chinese name (include characters), and we speak Chinese (broad, include all aspects) / Mandarin (narrow, exclude characters but include Chinese spoken in a specific region).

-Mandarin (Taiwanese Mandarin) and Taiwanese have some words and pronunciations originating from English and Japanese. For example,

-Based on my observations, Taiwanese usually watch Taiwanese / Chinese / Hong Kong (Cantonese) / Japanese /Korean /Thai / Western countries' dramas.  

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