Taiwan's Government (GIO)
|The Aesthetics of Architecture
architectures of Taiwan :
◎ Taipei 101
◎ Taoyuan Int'l Airport
(not GIO's rpt. )
◎ Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall,
◎ the Grand Hotel
◎ Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
◎ Main Stadium for the Kaohsiung
have all taken their place in Taiwan's skyline.
|◎ Taipei 101's
appearance is not exquisite enough,
was commented by western experts as
an ugly building.
◎ Taoyuan Int'l Airport looks like
US Washington Dulles
int'l airport. (ps: modified
already, not reconstructed)
◎ Main Stadium for the Kaohsiung World Games
is conceived of by Japan's Toyo Ito.
◎ Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the Grand Hotel
and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
are ancient Chinese style works.
cuisine includes eight main
called “Minnanese,” or simply “Taiwanese”),
(2) Hakka, and vegetarian foods,
(3) the various cooking styles with long histories from the
length and breadth of mainland China such as northern style, and below :
(4) the province of Hunan
(5) the province of Jiangsu
(6) the province of Zhejiang
(7) the province of Sichuan.
(8) Hong Kong (Cantonese)
|According to Discovery US,
Taiwanese cuisine is endowed with
some of the
best culinary skills from mainland
Chinese, Japanese, aboriginal food,
etc, and has developed horizontally
(more diversity), but not developed
upward to make exquisite food.
Taiwan's night markets
snacks are very popular to Taiwanese
and red Chinese tourists.
Best-known night markets & popular
stall-snacks include :
Shilin (Deep fried chicken
fillet stall, etc) night market
NingXia (best oyster
omelet in taiwan )
HuaHsi Street ('Snake
Alley' sometimes serves bizarre :
snake blood & meat, deer penis wine,
turtle etc )
(Perhaps some of them
...till now middle 2011)
(1) DinTaiFung(鼎泰豐) - but they
admitted at May 9, 2012 that using
MSG, as far as I know lots of
Westerners don't like MSG.
(2) YinYih(銀翼): HuaiYang cuisines,
1951 till present
(3) Celestial (天廚): Beijing cuisine like roast
duck (tel 02-25632380)
(4) PengYuan(彭園) : HuNan province
cuisine (tel 02-25519157)
(5) ChinYuan(黔園) : Sichuan province
cuisine (addr: 39 Ln.25, HunDin Rd.)
(6) RoonGi (隆記) : Shanghai cuisine
1952 till present (tel
(7) Chili House restaurant (四川吳炒手) :
Sichuan province cuisine (tel
(8) BeefNoodle master(永康牛肉麵) (tel
(9) 人和園 : YunNan, GuiZhou area
(10) ycyf.com.tw(億長御坊) - traditional
(11) 5 star hotels usually have high
class Chinese-cuisine restaurants.
Taiwan's "Pig's blood cake" was
selected as "world's Top 10 weird
food" by UK's <Virtual Tourist> in
Other widely known cuisines are
stinky tofu (Western people think it
tastes like athletic feet or some
stinky cheese ), oyster omelet (so
called Viagra for Taiwanese by
Discovery TV program ), bubble tea/pearl
(one store is popular in some city
in Germany but bubble tea in Taiwan maybe
too much sugar and ... top professor
advised not drinking it )...
一再出包的食安風暴，是導致國民黨政府自1949年退守台灣以來，最大的選舉挫敗原因之一Major world media like
The New York Times and The Economist (11.29.2014)
comment a series of food safety scandals
is one of few main factors causing the KMT, Taiwan's ruling party, has suffered one of its worst electoral defeats
since Chiang Kai-shek and his forces fled to the island at the end of Chinese
civil war in 1949.The New York Times (9.8.2014):
the new scandal (Taiwan food-safety scare) shows that there is
still not enough being done to eliminate lawbreaking production
( 9.8.2014): Gutter Oil' Scandal Raises
Food-Safety Fears Once Again in Greater China.
Folk beliefs in Taiwan are a positive reflection of the
people's wish for harmonious interaction, coexistence, and co-prosperity
among heaven, earth, and mankind.
They also reflect Taiwan’s reverence
for the basic social virtues of loyalty, piety, fidelity, and justice.
These ideas are the most valuable assets enabling people to live on this
(1) Taiwan's national CNA
(Central News Agency) reported
an university's survey:
◎ 87.7% university students believe
◎ 64.7% believe : it's unlucky to
swim in July (Lunar)
◎ 37% : Will encounter ghosts if
whistling after sunset
◎ 32% : pregnant woman touching
scissors will give birth to an
◎ 28.3% : Ears will be cut off if
pointing to moon by one/two finger
◎ 31.9% : Chopstick plugging in
bowl's rice will gather ghosts
◎ 22.3% : Will become a beggar if
knocking the bowl
college students believe in
religion, 35% of them are Buddhists.
Ugly Side of Taiwanese>
( book author : G. Lee, published in 1988 & 1993 ) -
details ref to publisher in USA :
Taiwanese character/traits :
In bribery Taiwanese believe. Taiwanese believe "money
talks", and treat religion as trading or bribery, nothing to do with
soul and spirits.
Recently, one of best-selling
products are Chinese-God (fortune
god, etc) toys.
Chinese Medicine in Taiwan
medicine, a set of medical theories and practices that originated and
developed in China over several millennia,
is an important aspect of Taiwanese
It consistently proves
efficacious in restoring and
maintaining the health of countless
millions of people over the ages.
for health (at least, good for Chinese)
Taiwan’s popular music
has been deeply influenced by the United States and Japan. Songs sung in
Mandarin Chinese, Holo, English and Japanese comprise the mainstream of
the pop music market today.
Musical styles today in Taiwan display an abundance of
cultural diversity by incorporating not only local ethnic elements, but
also musical elements from elsewhere in the world, such as rock ’n’
roll, hiphop and jazz.
An essay <China Tames Rebellious Side of Rock "n" Roll>
in <New York Times>,
Red Chinese pop music culture to the politically enforced conformity of the
Cultural Revolution, the core of songs is "have fun", culture has become an empty vessel, there are few hints of angst, alienation
, or any but the mildest
expression of teenage rebellion.
Taiwan's pop music was tamed by political pressure in the past,
the "opposition culture" in Taiwan's music field was almost eliminated.
Today's Taiwanese music environment is money-oriented.
|The Art of Dance
myriad dance forms are intricately linked with the country’s ethnic
composition and historical background, and each of the local dances
draws their unique colors from the island’s rich cultural heritage.
dancing shows are much less popular
than Taiwan's heavy
slapstick or funny
in Taiwan's TV
programs by funny actors/actresses.
article in the United Daily News
(Oct. 5, 2010) criticized Taiwan's
commercial, programs are not quite
OK , news programs are astonishing
low class ...
Taiwanese people are rich
(richer than Japan and Korea, according to IMF 2011) but spend very
little on tasting arts, a statistics
a few years ago is attached as below :
||per person per year
||NT470 (about US 15)
||NT91 (US 3)
|| NT65 (US 2)
Chinese Calligraphy in Taiwan
the gentle art of Chinese calligraphy can soothe the
heart and mind.
calligraphy also exists in the “cultural
circle of Chinese characters”—namely Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore
and Malaysia — but in fact each of these systems descended from ancient
they all refer in essence to the same art form.
Taiwan remains the only
place in the world to preserve classical Chinese
| (1) Most youngsters in Taiwan
don't practice enough so that they can't
have good calligraphy by a soft, flexible brush-pen.
(2) Many Taiwanese
write excellent calligraphy by
(3) The calligraphy by Japanese or
Korean looks wild (lacks elegance),
most of which are worse than
those by Taiwanese or Chinese.
|Pottery and Porcelain
During the 1960s, pottery and porcelain served as a
channel for expressing creativity; and as artists poured their aesthetic
viewpoints and original ideas into their products,
Today, the art of pottery and porcelain has already become
flourishing and developed craft,
Taiwanese pottery and
porcelain to possess rich and
connotations. Not only does it represent the continuation and
development of the pottery culture of the Orient, but it is also a
gateway into the pottery and porcelain culture of the world and a place
where that global culture can be viewed in miniature.
(1) Pottery and Porcelain
in InnGir city
looks not as luxurious
as those by artists in France or Russia,
Taoyuan int'l airport or
personally feel best pottery and
porcelain are ancient China's style.
Maybe below is one example of
present that ROC president Ma gave
to Beijing China's envoy
Chen Yunlin ( the most senior Chinese
official visited Taiwan since the 1949 communist revolution).
Chinese Lunar New Year in Taiwan
“spring couplets” are
paper scrolls and squares hung up around the house, inscribed with blessings
and auspicious words, such as “good fortune,” “wealth,” “longevity,” and
“springtime.” The paper squares are usually pasted upside down, because
the Mandarin word for “upside down,” dao, is a homonym of the
For children, the most exciting part of the
holiday comes when they receive their hong bao (紅包), red
envelopes full of cash.
(1) Chinese Lunar New Year still
excite today's Taiwanese, but the
atmosphere wore off.
Today's children as well as gov. officials in both
Taiwan and communist China receive
lots of 'hong bao' (red
envelopes full of cash)
Singing songs (ge zi 歌仔) was the most important form of entertainment in Taiwan’s
early agricultural society.
Taiwanese opera is part of daily life in Taiwan,
reflecting the thoughts, feelings, and aesthetics of the people.
Not popular any
more, perhaps its exotic flavor or
new-formed version attracts western
tourists, but not most Taiwanese any
|The Art of Tea
Aspects of the art of Taiwan
tea—whether it’s the tea-flavor, tea water, tea sets, tea-serving
techniques, tea connoisseurs, teahouses, tea refreshments, or tea
feasts—have been developed to a consummate level in Taiwan. Thus, whether focusing on
aesthetical theory or practice, every aspect of Taiwan tea can serve as
a paradigm for both life and art.
Having coffee is more popular than
having tea in today's Taipei metro.
can see coffee shops everywhere like
US's Starbucks, as
well as Japan's Ikari ... but tea shops
are fewer. (
Taiwanese're still used to drink
tea, various bottled tea and instant
tea are available everywhere )
Green tea is good for against some cancers...
but too many tea were imported from
Vietnam (US army dropped lots of
poison-bombs in Vietnam War, poison
may stay there for long long years)
- may be dangerous ...
early 1960s, glove puppet shows were one of the island’s primary
forms of entertainment.
Glove puppet performances integrate various
aspects of culture, including dialects, folk music, carving,
color painting, embroidery, and puppet manipulation techniques.
Taiwanese glove puppetry is
constantly being reinvented.
... no longer Taiwan’s most important drama activity
Not popular any
more in TV
Taiwan gov. info.
(left column) are excerpt/extracts, you may
read details from GIO
; this page was updated
Nov 10, '10
The Culture of Taiwan is a
hybrid blend of
global, local and
Taiwanese aborigines cultures, which are often perceived in both
The common socio-political experience in Taiwan gradually developed into
a sense of Taiwanese
cultural identity and a feeling of Taiwanese cultural awareness,
which has been widely debated domestically.
Reflecting the continuing controversy surrounding the
political status of Taiwan, politics continues to play a role in the
conception and development of a Taiwanese cultural identity, especially
in the prior dominant frame of a
and Chinese dualism.