Country: Taiwan

Moving to Taiwan: What Expats Should Know

Just off the east coast of China, Taiwan is a bustling sovereign state with a thriving economy. Moving to Taiwan might be a great move for your career but you will have to adjust to a whole new way of life. Taiwan’s culture is very similar to that of Mainland China’s and you will have to careful weigh out what you say and do when you first arrive. Here are a few things that you need to know when you move to Taiwan.

The face

Like China, upholding a person’s dignity and not causing loss of face is extremely important in Taiwanese culture. Especially in the work scenario, it is important that you not lose your cool. If you need to communicate your dissatisfaction over something, it is best you do it in private and carefully measure out your words. For your work to move smoothly, you will have to ensure that you respect this aspect of Taiwanese culture.

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Getting your Child Ready for School in Taiwan

Traditionally Taiwanese parents never interacted with teachers but now they play an active role in assisting teachers to enable all around development of their children. Elders in the family act as role models for children and parents are regarded as trusted advisors till they become adults. With changing societal regulations about raising children, Taiwan parents are also encouraging children to indulge in creative skills and sports for all round development.  As an expatriate parent you have to help your child to become more culturally diverse and open to new ideas and language.

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All you Need to Know to Raise a Child in Taiwan

The ideal way to understand any culture is to observe the way they raise their children and educate them. If you are an expatriate in Taiwan then your child has the advantage of growing up as a multilingual. Though parenting is strict, children grow up in more amicable surroundings at home than in school and are more comfortable with parents than grandparents who are stricter. Since children in Taiwan are expected to be obedient to parents and other senior family members and obey them without any argument which is regarded as a sign of discipline. Taiwan is a well developed city, tourists and expatriate workers are likely to find all childcare products.

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Know These Before Traveling to Taiwan

Taiwan is a beautiful place to visit. It is one of the most advanced countries in the world. Though it is crowded and confusing; it is not a daunting place to visit. People here are friendly and quite hospitable and appreciate foreign guests visiting their homeland. Here are a few things to keep in mind before travelling to Taiwan.

Food   – Taiwan is one of the best culinary centers in the world. Some foods like Oyster Omelette, Steamed dumpling, Stinking Tofu, Crushed Iced desert, Taiwanese Meatballs are some distinct delicacies. This country is heaven for non-vegetarians and street food lovers. Vegetarian food can be found in Buddhist eateries. Taiwan is famous for its tea, especially the oolong tea and green tea.

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Giving Birth to a Baby in Taiwan

Giving birth to a baby is one of the most wonderful experiences in life. Most of the parents would be worried about the facilities for childbirth, the pre-post natal care and the cost of delivery. Giving birth in a country like Taiwan which is a developed country, parents can be assured that they would be getting one of the best maternity care in the world. Childbirth is highly medicalized in Taiwan, but birthing centers and water birth is still available in some parts of Taiwan.

Expenses and insurance

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Traditional Beliefs About Pregnancy in Taiwan

The Taiwanese have certain traditional and orthodox beliefs about women who are pregnant as per their culture, and certain superstitions, rituals and practises that they need to strictly adhere to while undergoing pregnancy.

Here is a brief list of certain dos and don’ts that the pregnant women of Taiwan are expected to adhere to in order to bear healthy and beautiful children:

  1. Pregnant women are not supposed to lift their hands or arms above their heads as this may cause the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the baby’s neck.
  2. Pregnant women are advised not to stand on chairs or ladders for their own safety, lest they should fall and hurt the foetus.
  3. Women who are carrying are advised not to jump or run as this could cause premature labour or even a miscarriage.
  4. Pregnant women are advised not to work for very long hours or stand for too long, again for obvious reasons.
  5. Another superstition in Taiwan is that pregnant women shouldn’t use a scissors or knife as this could cause the child to develop a cleft palate. Or it could even cause damage to the baby’s eyesight.
  6. Another vague superstition is if the pregnant woman eats too much pineapple it could lead to a miscarriage. Eating too much shellfish could give your baby bad skin or a bad rash.
  7. Pregnant women should be sure to drink lots of 100% pure fruit juice in order for their babies to have healthy and beautiful skin.
  8. Another strange belief is that pregnant women in Taiwan mustn’t touch anything that is adhesive or sticky or even refrain from using glue during pregnancy as this could lead to your baby developing ugly birthmarks.
  9. Looking at pictures or portraits of beautiful babies and children while carrying a child can give the baby in the pregnant woman’s womb beautiful looks too.
  10. As much as possible, pregnant women shouldn’t allow themselves to get overworked, tensed, upset or stressed as this could cause the baby to develop a bad temper or an unstable personality or a bad temperament
  11. Another pretty weird belief is to avoid building baby nurseries while the woman is still carrying the child. This is because the baby inside the woman’s womb should not be subjected to the noise of banging nails into walls or any similar forms of drilling noises.

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