Hello everyone! I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Kaohsiung!
As I studied abroad in Taiwan and interacted with the people on a daily basis, I began to think about the characteristics of Taiwanese people.
which are different from those of Japanese people in many ways.
so I’m going to introduce 5 characteristic of Taiwanese people!
I’m sure you’ll learn more about Taiwanese people after reading this!
I experienced a working holiday in Kaohsiung for one year from 2020. Currently, I am writing a blog based on that experience.
By reading this article, you’ll get an idea of what Taiwanese people are like!
Top 5 characteristics of Taiwanese people!
Here are five characteristics of Taiwanese people that were particularly interesting to me during my time studying abroad.
#5 They eat out a lot
When you rent a house in Japan, most properties come with a kitchen.
However, in Taiwan, many properties do not have kitchens, so you need to check carefully beforehand.
In Taiwan, where the culture of eating out is deeply rooted, eating out or getting take-out is the norm, so perhaps the habit of cooking at home is less common.
In my image, people who live alone tend to eat out more, while those who live at home tend to cook more.
In Taiwan, eating out can be cheap, so in some cases it is cheaper than cooking at home.
#4 Many people care about their star signs
In Japan, zodiac signs are often used to find out one’s fortune for the day, but in Taiwan, many people believe in zodiac signs on a daily basis.
In Taiwan, when you are waiting for a train, you can see the horoscope on the platform screen every day.
Women in particular tend to believe in astrology, and I felt that they often look at people based on their zodiac sign, such as “○○ zodiac sign men are short-tempered.
I don’t know if this is actually true, but if you’re going to be living in Taiwan, learning a little bit about zodiac signs might help you have a better conversation with Taiwanese people!
#3 Many people have type O blood.
In Japan, about 40% of the population is type A, while in Taiwan, the data shows that about 40% of the population is type O!
Therefore, when you think in terms of blood types, you can see that they are very compatible.
However, compared to Japan, blood type is not considered very important in Taiwan, so talking about it is not likely to get people excited.
So, it would be best not to ask too many questions about blood types.
#2 Use nicknames often
Taiwanese names are often difficult for foreigners to pronounce, so they have nicknames in English.
When entering kindergarten, there is a culture of choosing an English name by the teacher or yourself.
Therefore, I have the impression that when I ask Taiwanese people their names when I first meet them, very many of them answer with their English names.
There are also a certain number of people who do not want to tell their own names, and they may only use their own names with their family members.
I think it’s an interesting culture because so few Japanese have English names!
#1 Drinking hot beverages all year round
In Taiwan, Chinese medicine has been a part of daily life since ancient times, so it is customary to drink hot drinks on a regular basis.
Also, since there are more than 12,000 Chinese medicine shops in Taiwan, I saw many signs all over the city.
A friend of mine once told me that her parents told her to never drink cold water.
Also, it seems that many people have the habit of carrying hot water in their water bottles.
Summer in Kaohsiung gets close to 40 degrees Celsius, and I was very surprised to see people drinking near-boiling soup in stores without a care in the world.
I couldn’t imitate them, although I am not very good at it.
However, it is not good to cool the body throughout the season, so I thought I would be careful.
- I eat out a lot.
- I care about my zodiac sign a lot.
- Many people have O blood type.
- Often use nicknames
- Drink hot drinks all year round
There you have it, five characteristics of Taiwanese people!
Of course, people’s personalities vary, so I hope this gives you a general idea of what to expect.
I’ll be posting more information about Taiwan in the future, so please stay tuned.
Thank you for reading to the end!