sign language taiwan

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
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