[quote=“Raven”]One of the things I like to do before coming to a country with an entirely different culture from my own, is learn some of the etiquette and rules.
It’s quite weird when people give you the middle finger, until you find out from someone that it’s the equivalent to a thumbs up. And that the thumbs up that I’ve been giving is equivalent to the middle finger.
That’s just an example. A few things that I know are that outdoor shoes are not to be worn indoors, so I have to bring clean sandals for inside. And that haggling is common place in markets.
What are some of the other things that I should know before I get there? I’m looking for a broad range of things. (another example, in Canada it is custom to tip the waiter/waitress about 15% of the meal bill at the restaurant)
One thing that I’ve found that really helps is that if you’re having communication problems with the local people, sometimes you’ll have to be a little more aggressive with them. Don’t be afraid of raising your voice or screaming or using threatening body language. For instance, if a little kid calls you a meiguoren, be sure to complain loudly in English about how everyone in Taiwan is a hick. If you see a car parked in a place where it shouldn’t be parked, you can express your dissatisfaction by ripping off his side mirror. If a policeman stops you for something and asks to see your ID, the best way to handle it is to rip the ID out of his hand and try to run away. If you feel that a worker is being treated unfairly, you should have a drink or two and then try to bust into a police station with your camcorder.