An e-mail I got from the States this month suggested that homes in Taiwan are tiny and cramped. The sender had mentally merged apartments here with the notoriously small flats of Hong Kong and Japan. Taiwan’s older apartments run on the roomy side. The e-mail prompted this post reviewing more mainstream myths about Taiwan. It pays to figure the place out. The International Monetary Fund ranked Taiwan the world’s 20th largest economy last year. It exports piles of laptops, plastics and machine tools. You probably own something made in Taiwan. Taiwan is also sitting on an unresolved geopolitical conflict. Taiwan and its mighty Asian neighbor China have not figured out what to do about Beijing’s insistence that the two someday operate under a single flag. Taiwan prefers the self-rule it has had for nearly 70 years. China says no way. It’s China with the military and trillion-dollar economy.