Chinese? Japanese? Korean? Nope, We are TAIWANESE!

中國人?日本人?韓國人?不對!我們是臺灣人!

Kinesisk? Japansk? Koreansk? NEI! Vi er TAIWANSK!

!صينية؟ يابانية؟ كورية؟ لا! نحن تايوانية

When filling up the US Census form, section 9 (or question 5 if you are like me living in a college dorm) asks for: “What is Person 1’s race?” And of course Taiwanese is not listed as an option, as in the 2000 Census, only 800 Taiwanese people were counted in San Francisco County, and the entire United States of American consists only of 144,795 Taiwanese people, a way way way off the chart low underestimate. So this year in the 2010 Census, we are going to identify ourselves as “Other Asians”, and write in “TAIWANESE”. Maybe next time, we won’t be counted as “Other Asians”.

For more videos and information, please visit http://taiwaneseamerican.org/census2010/

International Organizations

Despite the People’s Republic of China’s obstruction, Taiwan has managed to either stay or become members of many important international organizations. Even though the ROC’s seat in many international organizations was replaced by the PRC after 1971, through countless efforts, Taiwan is able to have its voice heard somewhere in the international society.

World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization (WTO) was created in 1994, world trade was mostly regulated under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), first signed by 23 countries (including the Republic of China) in 1948. However, when the Nationalists lost the civil war and retreated to Taiwan in 1949, the ROC government declared to withdraw from GATT due to political and economic instability. 16 years later in 1965, ROC re-entered GATT as an observer. This did not last long as in 1971 ROC lost its seat in the UN. GATT followed UN’s decision and revoked ROC’s status as an observer. After 30 years of development, Taiwan had become one of the world’s most successful economics, and its application to be a member of the WTO was accepted in 2001. Taiwan became the 144th member of the WTO on 1 January 2002, under the name of “Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu 台澎金馬個別關稅領域” (abbreviated as “Chinese Taipei”).

The People’s Republic of China became the 143rd member of WTO on 11 December 2001. Continue reading “International Organizations”

Foreign Missions in Taiwan

Below is a list of diplomatic missions set up by foreign governments in Taiwan, in English alphabetical order of country name by region. States that don’t officially recognize the Republic of China (Taiwan) operate de facto embassies or trade offices. These offices are usually staffed by professional diplomats without the official diplomatic titles. Not all offices listed below have the authority to grant entry visa into their respective countries or offer consular services. Contact an embassy/consulate in a nearby city outside of Taiwan (e.g. Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore) or your foreign ministry if your country is not represented. Taiwan’s foreign ministry maintains a list all foreign embassies and offices.

States that recognize the Republic of China:

貝里斯大使館 Embassy of Belize
布吉納法索大使館 Ambassade du Burkina Faso
多明尼加共和國大使館 Embajada de la República Dominicana
薩爾瓦多共和國大使館 Embajada de El Salvador
瓜地馬拉共和國大使館 Embajada de Guatemala
海地共和國大使館 Ambassade de la République d’Haïti
教廷駐華大使館 Nuntiatura Apostolica in Sinis (Holy See)
宏都拉斯共和國大使館 Embajada de Honduras
馬紹爾群島共和國大使館 Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
諾魯共和國大使館 Embassy of the Republic of Nauru
尼加拉瓜共和國大使館 Embajada de la República de Nicaragua
帛琉共和國大使館 Embassy of the Republic of Palau
巴拉圭大使館 Embajada del Paraguay
索羅門群島大使館 Embassy of the Solomon Islands
聖克里斯多福及尼維斯大使館 Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis
聖露西亞大使館 Embassy of Saint Lucia
史瓦濟蘭王國大使館 Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland
吐瓦魯國大使館 Embassy of Tuvalu

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