Mon, Feb 06, 2006 - Page 3 News List

MAC prints books to help Chinese tourists, spouses

CNA , TAIPEI

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has published two books for Chinese tourists and spouses of Taiwanese citizens, respectively, so that they will have a deeper understanding of the nation's customs and social system.

With the number of Chinese spouses of Taiwanese residents increasing in recent years, the MAC officials said the council has published the guide to help the newcomers adapt to life in Taiwan.

Differences

The officials said that they have compiled the nine-chapter living guide, which covers everyday topics such as medical care, marriage, daily life and counseling services focusing on the differences between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in terms of lifestyles, social systems, education environments and core values.

The guide is aimed at helping Chinese spouses integrate into Taiwanese society, the officials said.

"They might have a lot of questions after coming to Taiwan, such as which government agencies to turn to when they encounter problems and how to solve those problems. Answers to all these kinds of questions are provided in the book," MAC Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said.

Copies limited

Wu said that only a limited number of copies of the book have been printed so far, but that more will be printed soon.

Meanwhile, for Chinese coming to Taiwan through professional, cultural and educational exchanges or for short-term pleasure trips, the MAC also published another book introducing the nation's environment and culture and elaborating on current cross-strait relations and exchanges.

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