One thing any long time resident of this country will notice is that Taiwanese popular culture is just saturated in cuteness. Calling an adult “可愛” (kě​’ài​) does not have same patronizing overtones it would have in the United States (though I wouldn’t use the term to compliment your boss!). Cuteness permeates fashion, design, music… even anti-needle sharing public service announcements:

AIDS prevention poster in Taipei Main Station

Close up

(These were taken underneath Taipei Main Station about a year ago or so. I don’t know if they are still up. Call me cynical, but I get the feeling they weren’t very effective!)

可愛???可!!!