Dating in taipei

It tends to be more of an issue in younger relationships, as the longer you are together with someone, you find it easier to read their non-verbal communication.

That being said, even non-verbal communication can be misunderstood, especially inter-culturally.

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While living here I met several Taiwanese women, and eventually married one.

When I moved here, that was not even remotely part of the plan.

Another issue with dating inter-culturally in Taiwan is not so much a problem with the relationship, but a problem with how you can easily and accidentally mistreat your new girlfriend or boyfriend.

In an earlier post I wrote about culture shock I wrote about how one way people often cope with culture shock is through the common act of complaining.

Using each other for support can be healthy, but using each other as whipping posts is bound to lead to disaster.

For full disclosure I feel it’s only fair to repeat that this viewpoint comes from someone who is a western male in Taiwan.

Dating someone that has spent the majority of their life in an alien culture is as much of an adventure as moving to a new country.

I need to make one early disclaimer; this is coming from my perspective as a man, so women living in Taiwan may have completely different experiences.

Taiwanese are generally very friendly, and most people here like to teach westerners about Taiwan.

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