Every year thousands of people from other countries
come to Canada to start a new life. They come with many different talents
and the hope of contributing to their new society. If you are reading this
website, you are probably interested in finding out more about Taiwan
and the Taiwanese people.
Perhaps you are a part of the HOST Program helping a new Taiwanese family, learning about Taiwan in school, or working with Taiwanese who have settled in Canada recently. This booklet will help you understand what changes they are going through and how their integration can be facilitated. The decision to make a new home in a different country is not an easy one, because people must leave behind familiar things. Taiwanese, like many newcomers to Canada, probably arrive with mixed feelings.
As you can imagine, Canada will seem quite different from Taiwan. Perhaps you can help explain what practical information the Taiwanese will need in the beginning. Imagine what you would need to know if you moved to a new place. You would need to learn new customs and how to get around, what school to attend, where to shop for food, where to find a doctor and, last but not least, where to find new friends.
Even though you will probably find that you have a lot in common with your Taiwanese friends, you will have much to learn from them, too.
While the cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from this country.