Comparative Culture of Taiwan Analytical Essay by Nicky

Looks at the culture of Taiwan in comparison to Western cultures to edify university graduates, who are going there to teach English.
# 150165 | 1,825 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper outlines the general culture of Taiwan and concludes that expatriates from Western, more developed countries will find life in Taiwan far more different from their own. Next, the author details knowledge about living and working in Taiwan including areas of communication style, food, dress and recreation. The paper underscores that, whereas individualism is important in Western culture, in Taiwan, it is more important to take care of others and consider their feelings. Therefore, when working, it is essential to share credit in order to gain more respect and acceptance among people.

Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
General Culture Of Taiwan
Sense Of Self And Space
Time And Time Consciousness
Values And Norms
Beliefs And Attitudes
Teaching In Taiwan
Pros And Cons
Communication And Relational Style
Work Habits And Practices
Living In Taiwan
Communication And Language
Food And Feeding Habits
Dress And Appearance
Recreational System

From the Paper:

"Taiwanese culture is distinctly different from Chinese culture. It is a mixture of "native Taiwanese, Japanese and American cultures." Davison and Reed (1998) find that among various religious activities, the dominant one is still the folk religion. People are gradually moving more towards native Taiwanese culture and hence they have started showing renewed interest in their folk religion. "Taiwanese folk religion is the oldest of all religions in Taiwan with the exceptional aboriginal religions. Folk religion is overwhelmingly the most prevalent of all religious activity."
"When it comes to customs and lifestyle, Davison and Reed found that Taiwanese people are "very frugal and industrious" by nature and are thus ambitious too. Movement is essential to Taiwanese lifestyle; they are ambitious and energetic and hence there is a great deal of activity on the streets as pedestrians rush to reach their destinations, cab drivers move rapidly around and street vendors do roaring business with their humble offerings.
"Education is important in Taiwan and so is work. Children are expected to start working early but they are also expected to do well in schools. Boys have greater responsibility in terms of developing economic connections than girl children."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Harris, P.R. & Moran, R. T. (1991). Managing Cultural Differences. (3rd ed.). Houston. Texas: Gulf.
  • Moiz, Azra. Janice Wu. [2006] Taiwan. Cultures of the world. Benchmark Books NY.
  • Neuliep, J. W. (2000). Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • Reed, Barbara Edith. Davison, Gary Marvin. [1998] . Culture and Customs of Taiwan. Greenwood Press
  • Camenson, Blythe. [2007] Opportunities in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Mc-Graw Hill.

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

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