Taiwan Cultural Information

Know before you go!
The following resources will help you prepare mentally for your study abroad experience! The more you learn about your host destination pre-departure, the richer your experience will be!

Taiwan Official Travel Guide

Culture Gram

Local News

Television and Films




Recommended Readings

  • Three-legged Horse (Cheng Ch’ing-Wen)
  • The City Triology (S.K. Chang, His-kuo Chang, John Balcom)
  • Angelwings: Contemporary Queer Fiction from Taiwan
  • Bamboo Shoots After the Rain: Contemporary Stories by Women writers of Taiwan (Ann C. Carver, Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang) 
  • Journey to the West (Chinese Classic Novel)





  • Lee-Hom Wang 
  • Hebe 
  • Yen-j 
  • Joanna Wang 
  • Kimberly 
  • A-lin



Cultural Activities

  • Chinese New Year Festival
  • Lantern Festival
  • Farmer’s Day
  • Dragon Boat Festival
  • Ghost Festival
  • Mid-Autumn Festival 
  • Double Ninth Day



Recommended Websites


Common Taiwanese Cuisine 

  • Beef Noodle Soup 
  • Cong You Bing 
  • Stinky Tofu 
  • Braised pork rice 
  • Bubble tea  
  • Pineapple cake 

Prominent Taiwanese Figures

Ang Lee: Taiwanese director, best known for directing the classic films, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Life of Pi.

Jay Chou: One of the wealthiest celebrities in the history of China, he was the bestselling artist in Taiwan in both 2007 and 2008.

Jerry Yang: Former CEO and co-founder of the search engine Yahoo! Inc.


Ma Ying-jeou: Ma Ying-jeou is a Taiwanese politician and the 12th and 13th term President of the Republic of China, and the Chairman of the Kuomintang. Previous roles include Justice Minister and Mayor of Taipei.

Wu Den-yih:  Vice President of the Republic of China and a member of the ruling Kuomintang Party. Wu was the running mate of President Ma Ying-jeou and was elected Vice President in the 2012 presidential election with 51.5% of the vote. Wu served as Premier from 2009 until 2012.





Page last modified September 18, 2013