XinBiDe wrote:Your girlfriend is happy with staying in NZ??? Christ, you won the lottery buddy, just take it and run! Do NOT move to Taiwan. I wish I had the choice to stay in America but my girlfriend just can't bear the thought of being away from her parents... Ugh.
There is absolutely no reason for your child to learn Taiwanese. If you really want her to learn Taiwanese, you'll need a tutor. Schools don't teach it, really, and less and less kids know it. In fact, my girlfriend's generation (she's 25) doesn't even know much beyond "Hello", "How are you?" and "I love you".
Depends where you go, or where the person comes from. The south part of Taiwan has a lot of Taiwanese native speakers, and the students I teach all have Taiwanese at school.
XinBiDe wrote:I also had this idea before I moved to Taiwan. I had the same train of thought. I wanted my kids to learn Chinese and Taiwanese. Then I realized Taiwanese is useless and they'll learn Chinese regardless of where they grow up. The school system in Taiwan is a tyrannical system, filled with loathsome abusive teachers, copious national tests, and practically requires children to go to cram schools to stay competitive.
Some truth to that, but I don't fully agree with this assessment. Elementary school, at any rate, is nothing like that. Not in my experience, anyway.
XinBiDe wrote:I'm not just warning you, I'm telling you, PLEASE don't move to Taiwan. Taiwan is a country great in small doses, but the children here grow up soulless products of a machine that grinds out spoiled, abused, monsters.
That depends more on parenting than anything else. Laying the blame of how some kids turn out solely at the door of the educational system isn't completely true IMVHO...
XinBiDe wrote: Your children will also be subject to intense racism in their early years in Taiwan, as other kids struggle to comprehend why she looks different. She will be called names, she will be treated unfairly by her teachers, she will be hated by her peers.
Completely untrue. I have never experienced this with my son, not have I heard of that happening to anyone I know. That includes people with children from Taiwanese and foreing parents, as well as parents who are both foreigners.
If anything, my son is more popular because of it, which irritates me because I don't want him being treated any differently than his peers.
Here's a first hand account of a friend of mine's son and his experience of growing up in Taiwan. The Foreign Kid in Taiwan.
Here's an article by my friend and his experience on the matter: Schooling your kids in Taiwan.
XinBiDe wrote:Furthermore, if you do move to Taiwan, it's likely the in-laws will be paying lots of unexpected visits and requiring you to visit them, if not move in with them entirely. No matter how independent your wife is, few Taiwanese women can ignore their mothers wishes when confronted with them so directly.
The in-laws depends on many factors. Obviously, living too close to MIL isn't advisable.
XinBiDe wrote:You have a good career in NZ. Keep it that way. If things don't work out in Taipei, and they won't, there is no guarantee that this career will be waiting for you when you come back. You're taking an unnecessary risk.
That is really the only real problem I see. As long as the OP can find a way to continue his career instead of making a dead end move to buxiban, it really isn't a problem.
As Tomas said, the traffic is my number one irksome feature of Living in Taiwan. That and bemoaning the career situation. But I came here without the benefit of this site and the often valuable opinions to be found here. Had I known then what I know now I would've completed my post grad studies and could've had a nice position at a uni or something.
MadeInNewZealand wrote:John, thanks for the idea to work remotely. I had not even considered this yet it is so obvious.
I think if you can find a way to do that (with a JFRV you can do as you bloody well please, anyway), it would be a great option for you.