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CultureShock! Taiwan by Ling-li Bates, Chris Bates

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‘A journey of 10,000 miles begins with one step.’

—Ancient Chinese proverb

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN CHRIS FIRST ARRIVED IN TAIWAN in July 1976 for a year of university, it was a very different place from what it is today. International flights landed in the downtown area of Taipei at the Songshan airport. The air was so polluted by industrial, automotive and motorcycle emissions that it was several weeks before he realised that mountains he finally espied on a clear day surrounded Taipei. There were no Western fast food restaurants, few international hotels, ...

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