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Hanada Tattsu

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Hello!

I have a few questions on Taiwan.

1. How do most Taiwanese people, younger entertainers, actors, etc. say Taiwan in Taiwanese?

2. Does Taiwan have its own dialect of Chinese, and do Taiwanese people look any different than Chinese?

3. What is the largest political party in Taiwan, like the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan?

4. What religion are most people?

5. Does the United States air any Taiwanese television shows? Thanks!
 
2: Mandarin is the official language, also spoken are Hakka dialects & Min (the actual Taiwanese)

4: most practice a mixture of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism
 
from my friends (and chinese class), i can verify 2
if that dreamtime dude don't come in here and say nothing within the next two or three days, i'll print the list out and ask them...
 
Originally posted by Hanada Tattsu
Hello!

I have a few questions on Taiwan.

1. How do most Taiwanese people, younger entertainers, actors, etc. say Taiwan in Taiwanese?
I think just T'ai-wan. The notion you seem to hold, Hanada, that younger entertainers and actors would have uniform code words or slang for their country names and political parties different from the rest of the population is sheer idiocy. :sorry: The only variations I can think of would be in dialect (of which Taiwanese is from Mandrin).
 
Originally posted by Hanada Tattsu


2. Does Taiwan have its own dialect of Chinese, and do Taiwanese people look any different than Chinese?


They speak mandarin but it has a slightly different accent, and they look the same as Chinese because they are Chinese...

(-_-; )
 
"and they look the same as Chinese because they are Chinese..."
i know a few that say they aren't and they don't want to merge either
"sheer idiocy."
why somebody ALWAYS got to be so insulting? it looks like he was just asking questions, as opposed to being like certain others :)D that) going around puffing their chests out spewing incorrect info
and that is an observation btw :)
 
Originally posted by budd
"and they look the same as Chinese because they are Chinese..."
i know a few that say they aren't and they don't want to merge either

They speak Chinese, before the island was seized and taken over by Japanese invaders they were Chinese, they cant change the fact they are Chinese...

As for merging or not that's up to them, although i see them as traitors to China and cowards for asking for Western help. But that's just my opinion.
 
that's right, that's an opinion, just like theirs
(they say) right now taiwan is affluent, but if they merge with china, all of their successes within the technological arena and whatnot, will be for naught
however the argument ^ sounds a little like something native africans (that i've heard) say about how african-americans are lazy, and they LET themselves be captured and sold into slavery...
 
I think there were native Malaysian or Polynesian strains on the island of Taiwan going back to the end of the Ice Age, though, which could have had an influence on the physical makeup of the people. But they likely would have come from southeast China as well, spreading on to Korea and Japan.
 
Re: Re: Taiwan

Originally posted by Gaki
They speak mandarin but it has a slightly different accent, and they look the same as Chinese because they are Chinese...

(-_-; )

That's messed up, Gaki.......

3. I think it's democratic progressive

4. Most Taiwanese people's religion is Taoism, and second is Buddhism.

5. Never seen or heard of any Taiwanese television shows airing in America.
 
5. In Los Angeles, CA channel 18 is a local Asian-shared channel, or whatever they call it. It's usually in Korean or Chinese, I watch it when it's Japanese, and sometimes it's in other Asian languages. I guess if it's in Mandarin that's the same thing for China and Taiwan and in that case I don't know which of the two it is from.
 
Re: Re: Re: Taiwan

Originally posted by =w=eezer
That's messed up, Gaki.......


Why is it messed up ?

It's true their ancestors are Chinese, up until their government changed hands they were Chinese, they arent exactly some new race....

If they really want to be another race they should just discard their culture and adopt a new one, otherwise they are always gonna be Chinese.
 
Re: Re: Re: Re: Taiwan

Originally posted by Gaki
Why is it messed up ?

It's true their ancestors are Chinese, up until their government changed hands they were Chinese, they arent exactly some new race....

If they really want to be another race they should just discard their culture and adopt a new one, otherwise they are always gonna be Chinese.
Gaki are you saying that you don't think it is possible to understand another race, yet you can become one? :p
 
I understand Chinese because i am Chinese, and i personally disagree with the nation of Taiwan disowning their roots, they arent under the same government as China but it doesnt mean they arent Chinese.

Hong Kong until 97 was under British rule, didnt mean they werent Chinese, just difference in Government.

And it is possible to become a different race, English people didnt exactly pop out of the ground, they became what they are today after many years of invasions and mix and match of different European races. The English language and culture is different to other European languages and culture, so the English race became their own race.

Taiwan still speaks Chinese, much of their culture is basically Chinese, their food is basically Chinese, etc etc etc...So what makes them different from Chinese ? Just government...
 
race, or what?

I think you're mixing up race, nationality & ethnicity.
There is nothing that you could call a Chinese race. The inhabitants of PR China are of at least 2 races, caucasoid in some Western parts, mongoloid in the rest. (In some anthrolopological circles it seems very PC now to say there are no human races at all, but I tend to stick to the old definitions. For a better understanding of human races, you may look here: http://www.anatomy.usyd.edu.au/danny/anthropology/sci.anthropology/archive/january-1995/0267.html )
The English are not a race either.

Taiwan is surely a nation of its own, self-gouverned, with international relations & a (still developing) national identity.

I don't think there is a distinct Taiwanese ethnicity. Just as in PR China, there is more than one ethnic group: e.g. Taiwanese aborigines (merely 2% of the population), Holo, Hakka & Mainlanders, maybe more.
 
I have to agree with you, bossel. It is quite obvious here that ehnicity + race are getting mixed up here. I believe that the ethnicty of the ppl in Taiwan are Chinese, whethere they like to admit it or not. That's what in their blood. But, of course there nationality is Taiwanese. I don't really think there would be a Taiwanese ethicity unless they started mixing with a particular race.
 
hey guies.I am a chinese,just graduate from the university.And the following is my reply to this subject.

1.How do most Taiwanese people, younger entertainers, actors, etc. say Taiwan in Taiwanese?

well,most people in Taiwan were say CHINESE.

2. Does Taiwan have its own dialect of Chinese, and do Taiwanese people look any different than Chinese?

Yeah,Taiwan has its own dialect of Chinese.the biggest dialect of Taiwan is"MINNAN-language";As a matter of fact,Taiwan people look no different than chinese,maybe something different than the north chinese,because the taiwanese are always not so tall as the northern Chinese.and they look as the same as the southern Chinese.
ps.My boss is a Taiwanese(is there this word in english ?),i don't know he is a Taiwanese when i just come here,what's he look and what's say is totally a Chinese.

3. What is the largest political party in Taiwan, like the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan?
i don't know what's the largest political party in Taiwan,but i know Taiwan goverment is now control by " minjin"(pronunciation)party.

4. What religion are most people?

it's a hard question to me.generally speaking,Taiwan inherit the chinese tradition,and the chinese ancient religion is a mixture of Taoism,Buddism,and the Confucianists,recently,some people are believe Christianity.
In China mailland,because the import of communism,tradition culture was badly destroied,it's a regrettable things.In taiwan the remaintenance of traditional culture is very well.

5. Does the United States air any Taiwanese television shows? Thanks!
i don't know anything about it.
 
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okay, asked the brother of the individual who yelled "hey, man what you talking bout! i'm full-blooded taiwanese!!!"
1. his brain stuttered, will ask another time (he said next question). i know they speak mandarin [mostly?], because that's why i'm studying it in school now -- i wanted to be able to talk with them
2. not really
3. republican
4. buddhist
5. on satellite afahk
so look like everybody pretty right for a change
 
The main party until recently was the Nationalist party, of the Kumintang, the same party that ruled all of china until the Communist revolution of 1949.

Taiwan actually was a separate culture from China up until the nationalist exodus in the communist revolution. At that point the culture got intermixed and the traditional taiwanese relationship was added to thw whole. It did have links with China pre 1949 a virtual suzurain relationship, but it was most definately separate. This is unlike the Hong Kong people since they were a group of mainland chinese people who were taken over by the Britsh in the aftermath of the Opium war.
 
Thanks guys, for all your replies and help, I got the answers.

1 - They say Taiwan.

2- Mandarin is the modern langauage, Hakka and Min are also spoken.

3- The Democratic Progressive is the main opposition, and the Nationalist Party is the main ruiling party.

4 - Confucian Taoist Buddhism

5- Yes, I emailed Channel 18, and they air more Mandarin Taiwanese dramas rather than Chinese dramas.

Thanks!
 
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