As with much of Asia, the Taiwanese value politeness, hard work, humility, and respect. Loud, brash behavior is viewed as shameful. Handshaking is generally only for men who are already friends. This is a Buddhist-influenced society. Never touch anyone on the top of their head. Never use your feet to move an object or to point at one. Never show public affection for a member of the opposite sex. Winking and pointing with your index finger are both considered rude; point using an open-hand gesture. If here on business, punctuality is appreciated, and as elsewhere in Asia, bring plenty of business cards—exchanging these is customary.

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