Overseas Taiwanese

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Overseas Taiwanese
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 People's Republic of China 1,000,000[1]
 Indonesia 510,000[2]
 United States 364,595[3]
 Thailand 140,000[4]
 Brazil 70,000[5]
 Canada 66,455[6]
 Japan 61,000[7]
 Vietnam 60,000[8]
 Singapore 60,000[9]
 Australia 55,960[10]
 Malaysia 45,000[11]
 Brunei 38,000[12]
 Philippines 22,213
 South Korea 20,981
 Costa Rica 14,000[13]
 France 11,000[14]
 Argentina 11,000[15]
 New Zealand 10,000[16]
 South Africa 10,000[17]
 Germany 7,000[18]
 United Kingdom 6,000[19]
Others 33,000
Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Formosan languages

Overseas Taiwanese (Chinese: 海外臺灣人), also called "people of Taiwanese descent" (Chinese: 臺裔; pinyin: taiyi), are people who are living outside of Taiwan but are of Taiwanese ancestry or descent. Overseas Taiwanese may live in other territories such as the People's Republic of China and are not necessarily Taiwan nationals.


Overseas Taiwanese may not have been born in or lived in Taiwan. In November 2014 the Taipei Times cited an estimate of 1 million Taiwanese living in China.[1]

Overseas citizens must return to Taiwan to legally vote in elections, as Taiwan does not use absentee ballots.[2]

In the United States, there are 230,382 to 919,000 people of Taiwanese descent living in the country. They are mostly concentrated in California, New York, and Texas.[3][4] There are over 91,000 Taiwanese people in Canada, mainly living in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Shih, Hsiao-kuang (16 November 2014). "2014 ELECTIONS: Chinese officials aiding KMT voters: sources". Taipei Times. 
  2. ^ Mackinen, Julie (13 January 2016). "Americans from Taiwan return home to vote and boost democracy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "ASIAN ALONE OR IN COMBINATION WITH ONE OR MORE OTHER RACES, AND WITH ONE OR MORE ASIAN CATEGORIES FOR SELECTED GROUPS". United States Census Bureau. United States Department of Commerce. 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Numbers of Overseas Taiwanese Archived 2012-09-16 at the Wayback Machine., Overseas Compatriot Affairs Commission, Taiwan, 2010
  5. ^ 张明爱 (2012-03-11). "Reforms urged to attract overseas Chinese". China.org.cn. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  6. ^ "CIC Facts and Figures 2003" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "CIC Facts and Figures 2009" (ASP). 

See also

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