Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Favor Bank

In Taiwan, social places are common for them. Tea houses, coffee shops and restaurants are spots where people cultivate and nurture relationships. The aim of these encounters is mainly to relax. For them, talking to family and friends and spending this interaction in these places is a form to bond, connect and open in a genuine way. These people really value friendship. You can therefore expect that when times you need a support group, these friends will back you up automatically. Asking and granting favors are common things for friends in Taiwan.

However, despite their friendliness and openness, they pay close attention to one's authority and status in the society. One's respect is defined by education, occupation, age, and gender. And though it may be hard for people to interact to varying status, they still can establish a relationship of mutual benefit. Remember that favors are common to them? Yes, they might need one another in the future. At least, they've already invested in the favor bank.


  1. This is interesting. I wonder how they are to tourists.

  2. I agree that it is an interesting thing, this favor bank can be very useful in the near future.