People in New York are called New Yorkers while folks in Rio De Jainero are known as Cariocas. Here in Manila we are called Manileños while those in Sydney are called Sydneysiders. Residents of Paris are called Parisians while those born and raised in Tokyo are called Edokko.
But what about the people in Taipei? How do they call themselves as a people? I know that Taipei is located in Taiwan and its people are known as Taiwanese. But what about the specific state of Taipei? What is their demonym? Strangely, even google doesn’t seem to have an answer.
But no matter what the world would call their citizens, one thing is for sure, I was very impressed by the Taipei people’s character. Prior to visiting Taipei, I plucked and gathered a lot of tolerance and courage from my garden of compassion so as to bring it with me in Taipei. It is because I thought that the people of Taipei were the same and as typical as that of their mainland counterpart. But my encounters with their locals were so surprising all positive. They were unexpectedly polite, well-mannered and very helpful.
And aside from the people, the food and character, their city was surprisingly clean, modern and very organized. It’s a friendly city for a non-Chinese speaking person like me. Their hero (Chang Kai Shek), who paved the way for the molding of Taipei character, democracy and economic development was even someone to be proud of.
May they be termed Taipeinese, Taipei-siders, Taipeian or other names, Taipei people were surprisingly impressive! I think I love Taipei.
Ay lab Taypey!