Russians in Taiwan

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Russians in Taiwan
Total population
(363 (April 2013)[1])
Regions with significant populations
Taipei 142[1]
New Taipei City 66[1]
Taichung 37[1]
Russian · Mandarin Chinese
Russian Orthodox
Related ethnic groups
Russian diaspora

Russians in Taiwan form a small community. As of April 2013, statistics of Taiwan's National Immigration Agency (NIA) showed 363 Russians holding valid Alien Resident Certificates.[1] Informal estimates claim that their population may be as large as one thousand people.[2]


Some Russians from Shanghai and Xinjiang fled the establishment of the People's Republic of China and resettled in Taiwan in 1949.[3] One cultural institution among the Russian community in Taiwan that survives from those days is the Astoria Confectionery and Cafe near Taipei Railway Station, the first Russian-style eatery on the whole island. Founded in 1949 by five Russian émigrés from Shanghai, it continues operating today with an early local business partner as the sole owner.[4]

In recent years, the Representative Office for the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation has been active in promoting academic and professional exchanges between the two countries.[2] According to NIA statistics, 174 Russian students studied at institutions in Taiwan, and 20 were employed as instructors; 21 were housewives, 28 were children under 15 years of age, and the remaining 120 engaged in other types of work. Unlike in other European communities, men are relatively scarce, with a sex ratio of 1.36 women for every man.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f 《外僑居留人數統計表》, Republic of China: National Immigration Agency, April 2013, retrieved 2013-05-31 
  2. ^ a b Hsu, Jenny (16 June 2009), "Community Compass: Russian–Taiwanese ties celebrated at Russian National Day party", Taipei Times, retrieved 2013-06-19 
  3. ^ Sveshnikova, Maria; Ilachinski, Katherine (17 March 2011), "Metropolitan Hilarion: Orthodox China suffers from a lack of Priests",, retrieved 2013-06-19 
  4. ^ Yueh, Jean (2010-09-16), "Astoria, a corner of Taipei's history", Taipei Times, retrieved 2013-06-24