Do's and Don'ts in Taiwan: Steven Crook makes sense of local customs

by Aimee Groom
Posted: October 11th, 2010 | Updated: October 11th, 2010 | Comments
dos_and_donts_in_taiwan Traveling anywhere in Asia can be a minefield for anyone not familiar with local culture and customs and causing offense, or indeed being offended yourself, is all too easy without a little "know before you go" local insight. So it's always nice when someone puts together a well-written, practical and informative guide to help visitors make sense of their surroundings. This is exactly what Steven Crook has done with his latest book, Dos and Don'ts in Taiwan. Carrie Kellenberger just gave it a glowing review on her My Several Worlds blog and, as a Canadian native living in Taiwan since 2006, she has this to say:
I personally found the chapter on gods and ghosts to be fascinating. That section in particular answered a lot of questions that up until now, I had merely speculated upon. Dos and Don’ts in Taiwan is a excellent primer for anyone who is thinking of planning on visiting or living in Taiwan. I wish I could have laid my hands on a book like this when I first moved to Taiwan.
Quite an accolade indeed. It's not available in Taiwan yet, so if you want to get your hands on a copy you'll need to track it down before arrival. Alternatively drop the author a line at sccrook@yahoo.com or post a comment on his blog, Steven Crook (you'll need a VPN or proxy in China).
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