Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Taiwan (台湾)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Taiwan

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Note: A flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. If it is followed by this icon: (video camera: This links to a video), it is a video in that spoken language. A flag followed by Sign Language iconmeans it is in the sign language of that country. globe (international icon)Sign Language iconmeans there is International Gesture.

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Artistic interpreting: Music, poetry, literature, and theater

pcshirley. (2006, March 26). Sing Language Song (手語歌 - 月亮代表我的心).Taiwanese flagName of Song - The Moon represents my heart, Chinese Song Presented by The singing & sign language class of Taipei Datong Elder People Service Center 台北大同老人服務中心長青歌唱手語班演出.

YouTube - bingo520's Channel.

YouTube - meei0122's Channel.

Assistive living devices flag

Books on deafness

Monaghan, L, Nakamura, K., Schmaling, C. & Turner, G. H. (Eds.) (May 2003). Many ways to be Deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Twenty-four international scholars have contributed their findings from studying Deaf communities in Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, and the United States. Sixteen chapters consider the various antecedents of each country1s native signed language, taking into account the historical background for their development and also the effects of foreign influences and changes in philosophies by the larger, dominant hearing societies. ISBN 1-56368-135-8

Cochlear implants

Cochlear family.Chinese flag

Deaf advocacy and politics

Taipei Times. (16 April 2002). Taipei city councilor speaks for the deaf in legislative quest.


Deaf culture

DeafTODAY. (2003, October 27). Taiwanese supermodel doesn't let disability hold her back. One of Taiwan's top fashion models is also a popular television news anchor and a best-selling author. Wang Hsiao-shu or Sue Wang, doesn't let her disability stop her from fulfilling her dreams. At 33, Sue has almost everything a woman could ever aspire to be - good looks, great job, wonderful personality and friends and family who love her. But she is deaf.

Jingo Chen: In remembrance.UK flag,Chinese flag

Taiwan Deaf Directory.

Deaf education

Deaf Hearingdisable of Long - An elementary school.Chinese flag

Huteson, G. Report on social, education, and sociolinguistic issues that impact the deaf and hard of hearing population of Taiwan.

International Bibliography of Sign Language - Taiwan.

Ju, J-M. The effect of multimedia stories about American Deaf celebrities on Taiwanese hearing students' attitudes toward job opportunities for the Deaf.

Leila Monaghan, L., Schmaling, C., Nakamura, K. and Turner, G. H. (eds). Many ways to be Deaf: International variation in Deaf communities: Chapter twelve - The Chiying School of Taiwan: A Foreigner’s Perspective.

National Taichung Special Education School for The Hearing Impaired 國立台中啟聰學校 .Chinese flag,UK flag

Taipei School for the Deaf.Chinese flag,UK flag

Zooomr. Tainan School for the Deaf.



Deaf film

golden marble bulletBeiqing chengshi (City of sadness.) Film (1989) Taiwan, Drama. Catya writes: It's a 'Robert Altman-type' film about the 1947 massacre (by the National Party), otherwise known as the February 28 Incident. The film revolves round the family whose lives are torn apart by the arrest of the youngest son who owns a photography studio. He's "deaf-mute" (the actor is hearing). It's a powerful, complex film. I believe it caused an uproar as the massacre incident was never discussed in public - until the film was released...

golden marble bulletDaocaoren (Strawman.) Film (1987) Taiwan, war. Set during Japanese occupation of Taiwan a poor family is suffering after a bad harvest. The mother is deaf and the sister has mental problems since her husband was killed in the war. Her brothers find an unexploded bomb and take it to the Japanese as a gift to the emperor. But the police are scarced of the bomb and they're told to throw it into the sea. The bomb explodes and kills lots of fish which they take home and everyone is grateful for the food.

Deaf health






聋哑、耳鸣、头痛并不可怕……自针自穴练神技 让您重返清静世界.



Deaf history and current events

Jingo Chen: In remembrance.UK flagChinese flag (19 July 2001). Microsoft Taiwan lends a hand of hope.

Deaf organizations and clubs

Chang, D. (6 August 2001). Finding a voice for the deaf. The Children's Hearing Foundation, founded by Joanna Nichols of California, offers deaf children in Taiwan a chance to lead normal lives through a new form of therapy.

Children's Hearing Foundation.UK flagChinese flagOur purpose is to help deaf children learn to listen and talk fluently. The CHF combines modern teaching methods (Auditory-Verbal) with the latest technology in hearing aids and cochlear implants, to allow deaf children to speak, go to regular schools, and live full, normal lives in the hearing world.

Chinese Deaf Association.UK flagChinese flagPurpose: To promote academic research into Deaf culture, to further the education of the hearing-impaired, to improve welfare benefits for the hearing-impaired, and to assist the government in planning for a barrier-free environment for hearing-impaired people.

Chinese National Association of the Deaf, R.O.C. 中華民國聽障人協會Chinese flagUK flagFor English , click here. Chinese National Association of the Deaf, R.O.C. established on August 9, 1992, was initiated and organized by Chinese overseas deaf from the United States and domestic enthusiastic far-sighted deaf in different walks of the society. It is also a national legal social group, with domestic and foreign people to work together for the welfare of the deaf education and for the purpose of sign language learning. The purpose of the Association is to improve the deaf living through the activities on deaf culture, arts, skill, sports and publishing in accordance with the current government policy. Meanwhile, it aims to promote and develop the living space free of obstacles to the deaf and further protect their rights, interests and well-being.

Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf.Chinese flag

National Association of the Deaf in the Republic of China.

The National Women's League Foundation For The Hearing Impaired.Chinese flag flag

生命力新聞: 寂靜的世界 有聾人協會陪伴.

Deaf performing arts


Deaf sports

Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf.Chinese flag

International Martial Arts Federation of the Deaf: Taiwanese Deaf Martial Artists.

Snap of 21st Summer Deaflympics Progress.

Machine interpretation or transcription

Rung-Huei Liang. A real-time gesture recognition system for Taiwanese Sign Language.

Mailing lists & bulletinboards


台湾手语 Taiwan Ziran Shouyu (Taiwanese Sign Language)

Ethnologue. Taiwanese Sign Language: A language of Taiwan.

Fingeralphabet Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapur, Taiwan (Fingerspelling in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapor, and Taiwan).

Institut für Deutsche Gebärdensprache. Taiwanese Sign Language.

International bibliography of sign language - Taiwanese Sign Language.

prg50268's Videos.Chinese flag, Chinese flagSign Language icon

Schembri, A., C. Jones & D. Burnham. (2005, April 27). Comparing action gestures and classifier verbs of motion: Evidence from Australian Sign Language, Taiwan Sign Language, and nonsigners' gestures without speech.

Smith, W. H. (2005). Taiwan Sign Language research: A historical overview.

Wikipedia. Taiwanese Sign Language.

YouTube - mvoir33's Videos.Chinese flag, Chinese flagSign Language iconWebmaster: Only some are in Taiwanese Sign Language.

手語教學 - 塵封往事 - PChome新聞台Blog.

台湾手语 Taiwan Ziran Shouyu (Taiwanese Sign Language) dictionaries

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: Taiwan.

SignPuddle. Dictionary Taiwan.

Taiwan Headlines. Academics launch most comprehensive sign-language book. The world's most comprehensive sign language reference book was launched at the National Science Council (國科會) on Thursday. Led by professors Tai Hau-yi and Jane Tsai, a group of doctoral candidates from the linguistic department of National Chung Cheng University compiled the first "Taiwan Sign Language Reference Grammar" book and pioneered an online TSL digital dictionary.