Mucha Man wrote:Btw, Omni, can I make the reasonable guess that work is slowing down a bit given the amount of time you currently spend on Fcom?
Mucha Man wrote:Yes, it is hard to see what advantages taiwan has that can be handily promoted. Most of the advantages it once had seem to have disappeared. Chinese cities are now about as safe as Taipei on average, the are often cleaner, they have better public transport, often are quieter (as they ban scooters), have better shopping, and for the professional, much better high end neighborhoods. Food safety is an issue in China but as the scandals over plasticizers and other substances has shown, Taiwan is no where near as safe as we used to imagine.
There is also the lack of an international mindset in local businesses that makes integrating westerns very difficult.
Taiwan is free and appealing in this way, but for the average expat (not long term settler) this is not much of an issue.
In Taipei, however, even as a white collar professional, you'll sweating it by the end of the month begging for payday... especially if, god forbid, you had a few nice meals or even (gasp) drinks a couple of times other than Taiwan beer on your sofa. Buying a car? International travel? Large living space? Things of the past.
*monkey* wrote:Most of the international companies that had a regional HQ in Taiwan have relocated elsewhere (particularly to Shanghai). Taiwanese companies have been actively shedding Western professionals wherever they can (EVA and CAL are great examples, having booted out almost all their foreign pilots over the last decade).
Really, does Taiwan have anything to offer anymore? Living standards are lower than most of its Asian counterparts, while job opportunities grow ever more scarce.
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