Nations can learn from Taiwan's culture: editor
CNATAIPEI--People in Taiwan have a culture of respecting their parents and the elderly, which other nationalities can learn from, a United States magazine editor said Friday.
February 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Peter Starr said that people in America and England, the two countries he is most familiar with, do not respect their parents as Taiwanese people do.
“Talking in generalities, we have a culture of throwing away the old people, but you don't,” said Starr, 70, in an interview with CNA after he received a Tourism Festival Award earlier in the day.
Taiwan exports a lot of information and communication technology products, but not many people really know or care where they come from, said Starr, an editor at Motorcyclist Magazine.
“What people in other cultures can learn and appreciate is what you as a culture do,” he said.
People in Taiwan treat the elderly well, respect and honor them and even help realize their dreams, said Starr, who led a group of elderly American motorcyclists on a ride around Taiwan last October.
He said he has thought about selling his company in Los Angeles and moving to Taiwan for the rest of his life.
Starr visited Taiwan in 2011 to interview the Taiwanese “Grandriders,” a group of 17 elderly motorbike enthusiasts who inspired people both at home and abroad to pursue their dreams after a video of their trip around Taiwan was posted on YouTube.
Starr is currently on a nine-day visit in Taiwan.