I’m Taiwanese American and I’ve been living in Beijing for 4 months now. One topic of discussion with the locals here that is always interesting is the topic of whether or not Taiwan belongs to China. A recurring argument that I hear is that both China and Taiwan have the same culture, so they must be the same country (something along these lines).
I lived in Taiwan for 3 years when I was 10-13 years old, and it’s been a while since I went back, but I really don’t remember the two cultures being that similar.
A lot of my Taiwanese friends tell me that Taiwan is heavily influenced by Japanese culture, which obviously would make it drastically different than what I see here in China.
So my question is this: how different are the two cultures of Taiwan and China? Can anyone name any specifics? Also, just how much influence does Japan have on Taiwan (culturally)?