Whether you're a missionary, language student, English teacher, or some other form of expat, life on The Rock (Taiwan) can be daunting when you first get here. Here are some links* to help you out:
For my fellow Americans
The American Institute in Taiwan - Our "embassy."
Vote From Abroad - Don't stop voting just because you live overseas!
Democrats Abroad - For my fellow bleedin' hearts.
Animals Taiwan - A great organization to adopt a pet from if you'll be here for awhile. You can also foster!
Forumosa - An expat forum, and a very rich source of information for all things Taiwan.
TEALIT (Teaching English and Living in Taiwan) - Lots of info. and classifieds.
The Center - Counseling for foreigners in Taiwan.
Tsuei Ma Ma Foundation - Free housing assistance for foreigners in Taiwan.
Bloggers in Taiwan - A huge list of Taiwan blogs.
China Post and Taipei Times- English language newspapers.
TSR (Tropical Storm Risk) - Very useful for tracking typhoons during typhoon season.
Taiwan Central Weather Bureau
The Book Depository - They have free shipping to Taiwan! A great, cost-effective way to get English language books here.
Missionary Blogs - Has a great section for Taiwan missionary bloggers.
Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting
Parent Pages - Get to know other expat parents in Taiwan, and check out the forum for some great info. on raising kids in Taiwan.
Baby Home - Major Taiwanese parenting forum (Chinese).
Breastfeeding Association of Taiwan - Has a crunchy Taiwanese parenting forum (Chinese).
Waterbirth Center in Xinzhuang (Taipei County) - An awesome place for birth and breastfeeding support (Chinese)!
Beautiful Beginnings - Angie is a Canadian doula who knows birth in Taiwan, and an awesome lady as well!
Little Wonders - Bilingual natural parenting store, cloth diapers.
Kindermusik in Taiwan!
Kidzone-tw - Stuff to do with kids in Taiwan.
No link available, but here is the phone number and address for an awesome lactation consultant in Taipei. She also happens to be a pediatrician:
No.424, Sec. 2, Zhonghua Rd., Wanhua District, Taipei City 108
Zhuyin Journey West
Chinese Dictionary (in Chinese only)
Online Chinese Flashcards
Yahoo! Chinese-English Dictionary
ZDT Language Learner
*Admittedly, this list is a bit Taipei-centric. Sorry, that's where all my experience lies.