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- Despite that Japan, y’know occupied Taiwan for fifty years, Taiwan has nowhere near that amount of resentment for Japan that it does for other Asian countries (…like China). If you walk down the street, you’ll see tons of signs that include Japanese hirigana (のinstead of 的 everywhere!), and, as the cab driver told me, “Taiwan loves Japan. Japan occupied it, but Taiwan still loves Japan.” My family also, while not thrilled by the idea of anything related to mainland China, basically thinks Japanese-anything = awesome.
- This might be due to the fact that the KMT rule was not awesome. This was right after WWII, and Japan got kicked out of Taiwan and replaced with a new government.
- This also might be due to the fact that Japan tried to make Taiwan its “model colony” by changing its infrastructure, education system, etc. and technologically advanced Taiwan during its occupation.
- Or maybe it’s because Japan does not recognize the PRC as Taiwan’s sole government, and refers to it as “Taiwan” instead of “ROC.”
- In an unrelated (?) thought, the subways in Taiwan are the most organized subways on which I’ve ridden. There are two lines marked outside the sides of each door, and people actually stand in them, in line and wait as the people exit the subway in the middle.
- When going up or down the stairs, Taiwanese people all walk on their right sides, so there is never a traffic jam. This is not to say there are not crowds in Taiwan. The crowds are just lines instead of masses.
- On the escalators, those that do not want to walk up can stand on the right side in a line. This frees up a “fast lane” for people so they can walk up the escalators on the left side.
- Traditional Chinese everywhere! The cab driver who drove me to my grandparents’ home insisted that China does not need to use Simplified Chinese, and that it is the result of an arbitrary Mao decision. ”I thought it was because of the illiteracy problem.” He continued to insist it was a pointless and random decision.