The island of Taiwan lies about 110 miles off of the southeastern coast of mainland China. The shape of the main island of Taiwan is similar to a sweet potato or tobacco leaf seen in a south-to-north direction, and therefore, Taiwanese often call themselves "children of the Sweet Potato." The dominant political issue in Taiwan is its relationship with the People’s Republic of China (ROC). For almost 60 years, there has been no direct way to travel between Taiwan and mainland China. 35% of Taiwan identifies as Buddhist and an additional 33% identify as Taoist -- leaving only about 4% identifying as Christian. Due to intense political conflict, particularly with the ROC, many Taiwanese people struggle with a sense of national identity. Currently, 4% of the country is Christian of which only 2% are Catholic.