My son just got through thrashing me in a wholesgame of backgammon and it got me wondering. We play checkers, Yatzee!, Sorry!, UNO, Scrabble jr and a few other board games, but when his friends come to the house (Taiwanese kids of Taiwanese parents) they seem to be not at all interested in playing board games.
I think they are very good for lots of reasons: critical thinking skills first and foremost, sportmanship, and attention building activities.
I have introduced my students to a few of these games too and they seem to like them.
Why aren't board games popular in Taiwan?
When I was a kid, in upstate NY, it was freezing cold in the winter and it rained every Sunday...we played board games for hours on end, even when a TV was available.
What gives? I can see that Taiwanese parents might just be unaware of board games...but you folks in the same boat as me, do you play them?