Most Taiwanese live in urban areas, particularly modern apartments.
They tend to wear western clothing, saving their traditional clothing for
certain festivals. Women enjoy a higher social status since
industrialization along with more freedom. The underlying values that form
the base of traditional values in Taiwan are proper relationships (socially),
practical wisdom, along with proper conduct. The values come from
Confucian ethics and since Confucianism was basically developed in rural areas,
modern Taiwan is facing the challenge of adapting these values to modern
times. Some of the values have not lost any strength such as keeping
"face," faithfulness to parents and ancestor worship as well as
having a strong work ethic.
Popular activities include traveling to other parts of the world, singing
with family and friends, watching TV, and mountain climbing. Mornings
bring about t'ai chi ch'uan advocates who perform these and other exercises in
city parks. Young professionals like to frequent bars, restaurants and
discos at night.
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