Book Review: Do’s and Don’ts in Taiwan

Do's and Don'ts in for Taiwan by Steven Crook

Book Review: Do’s and Don’ts in Taiwan by author Steven Crook

A practical and very informative guide to Taiwan, Do’s and Don’ts in Taiwan shines a spotlight on Taiwanese culture and customs, and includes some very helpful behavioral tips that every visitor to Taiwan should be aware of.

British author Steven Crook has investigated every facet of life in Taiwan, starting with a brief introduction about Taiwan and its inhabitants and covering essential topics such as entering the country and getting around, but Crook does not stop there.

His 200-page guide delves into informative sections that explain everything from eating, and drinking to information on shopping, love, marriage, gift giving, and festivals. There’s also plenty of information on taboos and polite behavior for specific social occasions such as banquet dinners, weddings, and funerals. 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.

Do’s 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.

About the author

British-expat Steven Crook has lived in Taiwan since 1991. He has been writing about Taiwan as a travel destination since 1996. Crook has been writing about Taiwan for newspapers and magazines around the world since 1996. He is the author of more than 600 published articles and he has penned three books on life in Taiwan.

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Do’s and Don’ts in Taiwan


    (October 13, 2010 - 8:57 am)

    Hi Carrie

    Thanks for the tip!

    The book is available on
    a webshop in Tainan.

    Regards, Josine.


      (October 18, 2010 - 8:58 am)

      Hi Josine,

      Thanks very much for letting us know!

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    (October 28, 2010 - 4:10 pm)

    You know i’ve never thought about getting a book about customs and etiquette in a country but it sounds like a great idea, even when visiting to get the small nuances.


      (October 31, 2010 - 11:55 am)

      Hi Ayngelina,

      It was certainly a great idea for a book. I wish I had read it before I arrived in Taiwan. Nevertheless, Steven’s book still answered several questions that I was never able to find the answer to.

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