Taiwan By: Michelle Iribe Yesenia Juarez Young Kim
Basic Information Country: Taiwan Capital: Taipei Latitude: 28,5417 N Longitude: 120,150,0 E Language: Chinese Population: 23,248,087 It is projected to reach little more than 23.4 million between 202 and 2025, and will decrease then.
Life Expectancy: Male- 75.88 years, Female- 82.46 years. Physical Characteristics: Taiwan is 13,968 Km. Taiwan is mountainous, with lowlands in west and it is an island. Rainfalls: Each year, they have average of 2,500 millimeters of rain fall every year. Mountains: There are about 165 mountains in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Government Taiwan was part of China and was communist, but as they separated from them in 1950, they had changed their government to democracy. In 1982, their population doubled and developed continuously.
Taiwan’s government ll Taiwan had a turning point in 1982, when they separated from China and changed their government to democracy. Their population almost tripled and their economy got better. Since then, they developed very fast that they are considered as one of the most developed countries. In 1990, Taiwan settled completely with this new type of government.
Taiwan’s Industry Taiwan has developed their technology and caught up to the developed countries such as Japan and United States. They do produce electronics such as Refrigerator, camera, calculators, CD player, Audio electronic product.
Taiwan’s Industry ll Taiwan also makes vehicle body parts. They are also very developed in their cement. They sell their cements to countries like Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, U.S, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia. They are used to cover up the bridges, roads, harbors, airports, and rapid transit systems.
Taiwan’s Industry lll Taiwan also has chemical industry accounted for 24% of national manufacturing output in 2002. Some of the chemicals they sell are medical chemicals, specialty chemicals, petroleum and kerosene products.
Taiwan during World War Taiwan was invaded by Japan during 1895. To prevent the rebellion, Taiwanese people couldn’t speak their own language nor have freedom. Taiwan did not have control of their own resources. vs
After part of China and Taiwan was invaded by Japan, USSR did help China and Taiwan getting Japanese troops out of their country. Which made China go to USSR’s side from United States’ side. Also when this happened, South Korea was invaded by Japan too. Countries that were invaded by Japan was unlucky because Japanese treated them horribly so they can prevent rebellion.
Disasters During 1916, there was an Earthquake in Nantou. In 1917, there was an earthquake that was the biggest earthquake in their history. The earthquake was 6.8 and Nantou county claimed that they lost 71 lives. The earthquake was named “Nantou Earthquakes”
Taiwan During World War ll During the world war ll, Taiwan was part of china. Japanese had invaded Taiwan so they can easily Invade china. But with USSR’s help, part of China and Taiwan that Japan invaded was able to free itself from Japan’s control. China was little more to United State’s side, but after this happening, they went on USSR’s side. vs
Taiwan during cold war In 1949, Mao Tse-tung, Chiang Kai-shek and his nationalist followers moved to Taiwan hoping to regain control of China. Taiwan and the nearby islands of Quemoy and Matsu became the focal point of one of the most contentious episodes of cold war history.
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China between US and USSR Both US and USSR wanted China to be in their allied powers. Because China was such a big country, they thought China would make a great influence in Asia. But while United States didn’t help China, USSR grabbed the chance and helped China. So China was part of USSR’s alliance.
China between US and USSR USSR helped China when Japan invaded them. United States did not help at this time because they wanted to stay out of the war because they were making good money by making and selling the weapons for the war, but they do join the war later on when their ship sank down.
Taiwan’s Technology Taiwan is developed in many technologies. They are just like any other high developed countries. They are well developed in electronics, cars, market systems, chemicals, and etc,.
Life Changes in Taiwan Due to their developments, lives in Taiwan has changed. More people have jobs, more people are graduating from high schools and colleges. About 94.7% graduate junior high and continue with their studies. The more people educated, the more their economy will grow. Their development in many areas made the lives in Taiwan more comfortable and easy.
Taiwan’s Education As Taiwan developed, more people started to get educated. More people graduate from junior high and continue their studies.
Taiwan’s Culture Taiwan’s calendar is divided in to two. One is Western Calendar and the other one is Lunar Calendar. Which is pretty common in other countries in Asia. Lunar calendars begin a month with the New Moon, or the first appearance of a crescent after the New Moon. This produces a calendar with 29 or 30 day months, so when Lunar Calendar is used, the year ends five or six days early. Some people celebrate their birthdays with Western Calendar and some people celebrate their birthdays with Lunar Calendar.
New Years As many people know, many countries in Asia celebrates New Years. It is one of the biggest celebrations in their countries. Taiwan also follows this event. In Taiwan, the adults give a red envelope to children. The red envelope means a good luck. It is also most exciting part of the holiday. The amount of money can depend on what the adults put in the red envelopes. Also, in New Years, they eat a food called “fa gao” which is a type of rice cake. The more you have, the more prosperous the coming year will be.
New Years In New years, they have many different kinds of celebrations. All around Taiwan, there will be festivals and fireworks. Also, family members gather together in one house and cook foods and have time together. They tell each other good things and give each other good stuffs. Because New Years celebrations is a such a big event, people in Taiwan get busy even before a week before New Years buying foods and getting ready to celebrate the New Years.
Taiwan’s Culture Taiwan has many differences compared to United States. In Taiwan, the younger ones have to respect the older ones, but this became cultural because of many reasons, it is not just there with no reasons. If a parent tells their child to do something, they will most likely to do it because their parents have saw more and experienced more living their lives. The child never faced hard times, but their parents faced hard times, so the parents would make more wise choices.
Taiwan’s Success Taiwan has succeeded because of their new type of government. Under china’s control, Taiwan was Communist, but as they separated, they developed.
Problems in Taiwan Taiwan is facing many problems as of today. For example, acid rains, air pollution/water pollution, and having hard time developing because of China. There are lots of sand storms starting in China. This sand storm goes to Taiwan and makes the weather very dark and yellow. It is very bad for your body if you inhale these sand storms. The sand storm is not just hitting Taiwan but many other countries in Asia.
Problems in Taiwan Current Taiwan’s most important problem is that their dollar is weakening due to China’s slow in economy. Also because they are developed country, most people have their own cars. Due to this, they are having serious air pollution.
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