CultureShock! Taiwan: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Guides)
CultureShock! Taiwan is full of helpful advice on what to expect when you settle into the country and how to enjoy your stay in the country. This book shares insights into understanding Taiwanese traditions and values as well as the lifestyles of the Taiwanese and how to relate to them as friends and in business. Learn more about the main motivations and attitudes that shape the culture of the people and what you should do in order to build more lasting relationships with them. Also included is useful information on finding a home, understanding the language, handling tricky business negotiations and exploring the delicious (and sometimes shocking) Taiwanese cuisine. CultureShock! Taiwan will provide you with all you will need to explore this vibrant country and make it your home.
Good narrative, not always on the mark
By Norm Zurawski - April 15, 2002
... In referencing some of the facts, the descriptions proffered seem to be fairly on the mark, but not always. While it is nice to read a book written with conviction, as this book is, you always have to be careful as to what is true and what is a stretch. Also, as a side note for the authors, it would be nice to not have to hear over and over about the husband's martial arts penchant.I think the authors portray the average Taiwanese person as a bit more anti-Westerner, rude, harsh, and unforgiving than they really are. My experience with many Taiwanese is that they are more than happy to talk to you (if they spesk English) as long as you are willing to smile and open up. This is not a population of money-first, anti-white people. Sometimes I think the text intones this sentiment.Thus the notion that the average foreigner will not be liked is not true, at least in my opinion. It has been my experience that in Taipei, where you will likely spend some (if not all) of your... read more
Taipei different than presented
By "soomski" - May 8, 2004
I read this book before setting off for four months in Taipei. This book led me to believe that finding Western items would be much harder than it is. (For example, I have had no trouble finding towels which it said weren't to be found). Also, there's a Costco, Fnac, and several warehouse style shops just outside of the city where you can find just about anything you need. And the streets are littered with Western-style food chains (McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, KFC, a few Chili's, Pizza Huts and TGIFriday's). One thing the book didn't mention is that there is a convenience store on every corner practically, but there are stores called "Wellcome" that have lots more stuff for a half or a third of the price--well worth finding the one near you soon!Having said that, the cultural explanations have been useful. I could explain to my roommates what the red splotches on the ground were and some of the history of Taiwan.The Taiwanese people have all been exceptionally... read more
Better than Insight Guide for Taiwan
By A Customer - July 1, 2000
I am living in Taiwan and bought the book to better understand the people here. I really enjoyed Culture Shock Taiwan. It's informative, balanced and funny, and is much better than the Insight guide, which although interesting and beautifully illustrated, but it reads like a travel brochure and takes too reverential a tone with everything connected to Chinese culture.