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Minnesota, USA

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British Columbia, Canada

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Culture and People

The total population of Taiwan stood at 23 million in 2008.  The two largest cities in Taiwan are Taipei (pop 2.6 million) and Kaohsiung (pop 1.5 million).  The largest ethnic group are the Taiwanese (including Hakka) at 84%, followed by mainland Chinese (14%), and a large number of indigenous groups (2%).  The nine major indigenous tribes incluse the Ami, the Atayal, the Paiwan, the Bunun, the Puyuma, the Rukai, the Tsou, the Saisiyat, and the Yami.  The official language of the Taiwan area is Mandarin, while other major spoken dialects are Southern Fukienese (often called Taiwanese) and Hakka (spoken by the Hakka minority group, which accounts for around 6% of the total population.