Sign language for Taiwan
I’ve visited Taiwan twice during the summer of 2014 and 2018. I’ve visited Taipei, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Keelung and Jiufen.
- Official languages are Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, etc.
- Many young Taiwanese people know English
- best time to visit Taiwan is during spring (March to May) and fall (September to November)
- Typhoon season is between June to October, especially July and August
- Popular sightseeing: Kenting, Taroko National Park, Taipei 101, Jiufen and more.
- They emphasizes face, respect (hierarchy), hospitality, loyalty and more.
- Many Taiwanese people do not identify themselves “Chinese.” Several of them strongly identify themselves as Taiwanese
- When greeting, it can be a slight bow or a handshake
- Taiwan has been trying to be sustainable and have good trash & recycle systems
- Give and receive things with both hands as it indicates respect
- Taiwanese tends to be hospitable and are willing to help people, even strangers, in need
- Taiwanese Sign Language (TSL)
- There is a large Deaf community in Taipei, Kaohsiung, etc.
- Taiwanese Sign Language is not recognized yet but may be soon
- Taiwanese Sign Language have been declining to be taught in schools in the last couple of years – and the Deaf community are trying to fight against that
- They have their own national news in sign language
- TSL have some similar signs to Japanese Sign Language due to Japanese occupation
- Watch more about the community in this video