GuyInTaiwan wrote:Anyone expecting to come and find a rich, vibrant culture here is going to find the most grotesque, spiritually bereft elements of Western commercialism and materialism writ large. I wouldn't raise kids here if my life depended upon it.
I wouldn't go that far, but...to each his own.
I just feel that when choosing between here and NZ, especially with good prospects in NZ they might be better off staying there.
However, no one says you need to be an absentee parent. Some just choose to be and use the excuse, "We don't have a choice." Also, Taiwan is better than a lot of countries, and how you see Taiwan will depend on your own experiences and on where you come from, and/or what you feel is important.
From my POV, I'd rather raise my kids here and live in Taiwan with my family than back in SA. But there are very good reasons for that. But, if I was a New Zealander or an Aussie with good career prospects in NZ or Aus, I would much rather move my family there. But that's just based on my own perceptions and experiences.
Personally, I think other New Zealanders living in Taiwan and who post here, especially those who post on this board would be much better qualified than I to give advice on this matter. Although my perception is that being schooled and raised in NZ would be much better for a child than being schooled and raised in Taiwan.