Confucianism & Taoism

"when i let go of what i am, i become what i might be"

What would a government founded on Confucian principles look like?

Confucius rooted his political philosophy in his belief that a ruler should be self disciplined, govern by his own example, and should treat his subjects with love and concern.

are Taoist principles relevant to the issues of everyday life today?

Taoism is a nature-based philosophy and today, there's not much use for it. You can learn some moral values from some principles, but overall it's pretty outdated.

how would a Chinese family be influenced by Confucian teachings?

The Chinese culture is already heavily family-based and a lot of that stems off of Confucian teachings. The elders are well respected whether it be a grandparent, parent or sibling.

how do the individual principles/maxims of each philosophy connect to each other to form an entire religion/way of thinking?

They connect through the golden rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". The golden rule has become pretty universal; you see it in many religions and it's become a moral that mostly everyone knows.