Taiwan despatch: A tale of two cities
With a standard of living higher than Western Europe and the US, Taiwan is distinct from China in many ways. Suyash Desai writes about grappling with the Chinese language even as he explores the cities of Taipei and Kaohsiung
It has been six months since I began living in Taiwan – an island country that was unknown to many Indians before the recent events involving the Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit followed by China’s military exercises surrounding the island. Most Indians, including some of my family members, thought Taiwan was a part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). However, the recent events have ensured that everyone is now aware that Taiwan is an independent country. The island has thrived in the past few decades and is now one of the most democratic countries in the world with an exceptionally high standard of living. You only realise the importance of these indicators when you experience them by residing in such a country.