Confucian ethics are the cornerstone of Chinese and Taiwanese cultural beliefs. This doctrine dictates that one live harmoniously with others and practise non-harm. Confucian ethics maintain that xiushen (self-improvement) can be pursued only within the confines of the family.
In the Ku family, this principle is their core. “Almost every decision you make you have to think about how it might affect your family. Whether it is relationships or job choice or your behaviour,” says Tiffany Ku, a first-generation South African Taiwanese.
Her parents, Ivy and Spencer, moved to South Africa from Taiwan in 1988 because of the generous incentives offered by the government to foreign investors.
Twenty-five years after their arrival in the country, the family of five have tried to integrate traditional Taiwanese customs into their Western lifestyles.
In the parking space of their home in a gated Sandton community, is a German automobile with the number plate: TAIWAN.