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.
Chris Bates lived in America for the first 17 years of his life, until he pursued a lifelong dream of training in Asian martial arts. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Studies and spent his senior year at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. Through yuan fen (the principle that the fates of two people are inextricably entwined), Chris and Ling-li met whilst at college in Taichung in 1977. They were married a year later. Their life together has taken them on several tours of the United States, one tour of Taiwan, and three tours of Singapore. They have worked for Western companies and have certainly endured their share of culture shock. Much of their time has been spent at the interface of the expatriate and local communities.