I was thinking: what discernible Japanese influence is there here in a purely cultural sense? Yes, I know that that the Japanese were here for 50 years and that their footprint can still be glimpsed in a physical sense; roads, highways, buildings, etc. Japan helped bring Taiwan kicking and screaming into the twentieth century, but what practices remain/have been adopted beyond the superficial: a penchant for silly game shows, cutsey cartoon characters and Sushi Express? Any introduction to Taiwan will include an obligatory and usually vague ‘Japanese influence’ line, and locals themselves will proudly tell you they’ve been “influenced by Japan,” but in what way exactly? The importance of the oral tradition here seems to be one (of many) thing(s) that stifle(s)the questioning of such things, so I thought I’d ask.
My hypothesis is (and I only just thought of this): ‘in viryually no regard.’
Anyone care to disprove that?
I once heard the education system here is modeled after Japan’s. Any truth there?
Or is it largley a matter of wishful thinking on behalf of the Taiwanese?