While this is true in America to an extent too, it's taken to a bigger extreme in Taiwan.Only when they reach middle age do Taiwanese people become confident enough to talk to strangers.I don't know about you, but I find it very hard to relax, be happy or even be myself around people who look so uptight and anal-retentive.It kind of "rubs me the wrong way" is how I would put it.(Note: While the above may not apply to Westernized Taiwanese, you will not see many of them in Taiwan because most of them will either be living overseas, or taking extensive trips abroad, where they fit in better.Also, not surprisingly, Taiwanese Americans and Asian Americans (whose personalities are Westernized) will usually not be comfortable living in Taiwan.
This will lead to an identity crisis and conflict, because they are accustomed to acting American or Westernized and asserting themselves as proud individuals. Asians are not supposed to act like Westerners in Taiwan. Thus, an Americanized Taiwanese will feel like they cannot "be themselves" in Taiwan, which is very awkward indeed.In fact, Taiwanese themselves will even admit that they are "less open" than foreigners, even Americans. The problem with this is that it's very LIMITING and RESTRICTIVE, for it means that you have to DEPEND on someone to introduce you to others. The whole clique scene is very rigid an limiting, similar to how it is in the US.If no one introduces you, then you are out of luck and have run into a "cold wall" (pardon the pun). Again, you can't just "go out and meet people." Taiwan's social scene is no doubt very closed and cliquish. Young adults in Taiwan are painfully shy, insecure, nonassertive, and lack confidence and social skills (especially females).Their faces are passionless and robotic, as if their soul and humanity has been squashed, suppressed or drained out of them.
It's very sad and scary, like an inhuman society from the Twilight Zone.Their behavior is conditioned through "negative reinforcement" in the form of fear, abuse, scolding, guilt trips, overly strict parenting, etc.