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Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a living

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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a living

Postby llary » 02 Mar 2010, 19:30

I have a very happy and relatively easy life in Taiwan running a manufacturing and export company. Without a doubt the happiest people I know here have their own business or a specialist high-end position.

Taiwan happens to be one of the easiest places for foreigners to start a company and there are lots of opportunities here for anyone who can spot them. Exporting from Taiwan is much easier than importing foreign goods.

I'm not worried at all about my little boy living in Taiwan but it's much easier to say that because I lived here a long time before I even met my wife, let alone had a kid.

Welcome to The Island, hope you have a good time here :discodance:
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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a living

Postby bismarck » 03 Mar 2010, 03:02

llary wrote:I have a very happy and relatively easy life in Taiwan running a manufacturing and export company. Without a doubt the happiest people I know here have their own business or a specialist high-end position.

I'm inclined to agree with you completely on that!
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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a living

Postby headhonchoII » 03 Mar 2010, 10:43

I don't think you will be able to make much with IT skills in Taiwan even apart from the language barrier.
You could definitely look at the export route as Taiwan is well setup for that (but it also requires some expertise in product and capital risk). Then there's always the idea of opening a coffeeshop/restaurant.
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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a livi

Postby Jack Burton » 12 Aug 2010, 13:27

I would have thought the racism from other kids towards hapa kids would be worse in places like NZ than in Taiwan?? anyone know what's it like for a mixed kids growing up in NZ?
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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a livi

Postby hippo » 12 Aug 2010, 16:47

I'm very late to this thread...

A) Pay/living standards/living costs, etc. are 1/3 to 1/4 the west. If I were to pick up a job here in the same industry as back in the USA (heavy electrical construction), I'd make 1/3-1/4 of my USA pay.

B) If you want a job with a western standard of pay, you have to find a western company in the west willing to send you to Taiwan as an expatriate with hardship pay. If you are hired locally, you will be paid at local standards.

C) Because of the non-linear nature of Chinese grammar, they can't write code here. All the heavy programming is done by imported east-Indian labor. If you are involved in IT and can't speak Chinese, this is your competition. The pay scale is great by east-Indian standards. Miserable by western standards.

D) The original poster stated that he wanted to pick up a little Chinese in 3 years. In 3 years of full-time, devoted studying, a westerner with no background in Chinese might (and it's a big might) be able to read a newspaper. With a dictionary. And a local sitting next to him who can answer questions. Maybe. You will be able to speak Chinese (poorly) much earlier, but you will not be able to read it without a massive investment of time.
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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a livi

Postby MadeInNewZealand » 29 Aug 2010, 18:36

Around 10% of the population in NZ is Asian, racism does occur but it is not at all common.

I have already found a way to have a steady income in Taiwan, now we just have to find one for my partner!
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Re: Want to move to Taiwan, but no idea WTF to do for a livi

Postby bismarck » 29 Aug 2010, 20:20

MadeInNewZealand wrote:Around 10% of the population in NZ is Asian, racism does occur but it is not at all common.

I have already found a way to have a steady income in Taiwan, now we just have to find one for my partner!

That's great news, you're half-way there. :thumbsup:
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