I have many experiences in Taiwan talking about culture shock, but I will share one. Taiwanese are very curious about foreign people and also very conservative.

I’m a Latin-American that likes to have fun and laugh, maybe that’s one of the things that I try to transmit to Taiwanese friends. I have seen that their sense of humor is not as great as I expected. So maybe I have to hold back and not be myself, because Latin-Americans like to joke a lot. Latin-Americans are happy people always laughing and smiling. I’m not saying Taiwanese are not happy, just our sense of humor is different.

I have made many friends here in Taiwan because of their curiosity in knowing me. And have been touched by my happiness. Also Taiwanese are not used to physical contact among them, so I had to hold back and try to fit with their culture. But I have learned about Taiwanese culture and I’m honored with it.