spock wrote:I will be staying for 3 months with Taiwanese family, I've been wondering are there any customs or traditions I should be aware of ?
During my stay I don't want to offend them by doing something unacceptable or inappropriate.
I got copy of Lonely Planet's Guide I've read everything about culture etc. but still I'm not sure about way I should behave in house.
I would be greafeful for some information
Depends on how traditional the family are, but it is more the case that you will think they are the inappropriate ones, especially at the table. In general try not to get drunk, loud and stupid and everything will be fine. Don't take more food than you can finish, and finish what you take. Try little bits of things to start with and find what you like. But wait for the others to take food first, especially with the fruit. If they have a lazy suzy (spinning table) let them turn it round and just grab stuff as it passes. If they have a grandma or grandad in the house observe what they like, and if you do get brave and risk spinning the table round, leave it so that there is something the old person likes right in front of them. Generally shoes off in the house. If you go somewhere for a day out but a box of biscuits or something to take back for them. Maybe take a bottle of scotch from your home country for the father, and some sort of brooch or scarf for the mother. If you are boiling hot, let them see it on your face and they will adjust the air con etc. Don't go in and start stabbing at the buttons, trouble lies that way. If they ask you if you want to play mah-jong my advice is to decline politely. They play for hours and it is really noisy and dull. They probably wont ask you though. If they start playing, expect not to see them for the rest of that day.
Generally do what you'd do when a guest at anyones house. Be polite, follow the family rules and keep your trap shut.
And most important of all: HAVE FUN.