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The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

Taiwan's Families
Taiwan's families
Yu-HuaChen, Chin-ChunYi
Introduction

Taiwan is located in the Western Pacific with a total land area of about 36,000 sq km. Hills occupy three-fifths of the island. The plains and basin areas are major political, cultural, industrial, and commercial centers. In 2003 Taiwan had a population of 22.5 million. With the exception of aborigines who mainly inhabit the mountainous central and eastern parts of the island, Han Chinese compose roughly 98% of Taiwan's population. Early Han Chinese immigrants left their homes in southeastern coastal China in the 17th and 18th centuries and were mostly from two groups: Fukienese and Hakka. These two groups are about 85% of the Han population, with the Fukienese outnumbering the Hakka by about three to one. The last ethnic group ...

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