Taiwan is an island nation found in eastern Asia. Taiwan is close to southeast part of China. Since the 1970s, the international community has recognized Taiwan as a separate nation from China.
Population: 23.4 million
Ethnic Groups: Han Chinese (95%+), Indigenous Malayo-Polynesian peoples (2%)
Languages: Mandarin Chinese (Official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects
Religions: Buddhist (35.3%), Taoist (33.2%), Christian (3.9%), Taoist or Confucian folk religionist (approx. 10%), None or Unspecified (18.2%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 13, 2017
In Canada: 36,515
In the GTA: 7,975
In Toronto: 4,495
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
King City, Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, and the City of Toronto (North York).
When mainland China fell to the Communists in 1949, the Nationalist Chinese government relocated to Taiwan. Today, it is a multiparty democracy. Its economy is industrialized and export-oriented. Its political status remains ambiguous: in practice, it is an independent state but it legally is a province of China. The international community largely regards it as separate from China. Nevertheless, the economic and cultural ties between Taiwan and mainland China are very close. Taiwan is a secular state with freedom of religion. The vast majority of people in Taiwan adhere to Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Taiwanese folk religion, or a combination of two or more of these. There is also a small but growing Christian minority.