It is easy to be in the US and think about going to Taiwan for "something better". I believe strongly, however, that a person should have a compelling reason to do so, otherwise he or she may end up just floating through life in Taiwan (it is very easy to get into the "one more contract" lifecycle over there).
I agree with you that the cost of living is lower in Taiwan than in the States. The quality of life is better in some ways (except, notably, in the area of pollution/noise). As a woman, I can go anywhere in Taipei at almost any hour of the day or night and not feel threatened (well, I guess that my normal American "level of alertness" helps). I can't do that in the States. At least most criminals in Taiwan don't want the hassle of speaking English with victims (the whole South African Ambassador thing with Chen a few years ago must have been a big mistake, nothing more!)
Anyway, I don't think that you'll have much of a shot getting an expat package from the States unless you have work experience and/or connections. There are unfortunately many folks with degrees in economics who are completely bilingual, and they are likely to be placed in front of you for preference (this isn't ALWAYS so but I think it's likely).
I don't see why you couldn't carve yourself out a nice niche in Taiwan doing editing work. There is plenty of it available, and you could continue your Chinese studies if you wanted to avoid the whole work-visa issue for awhile. Since you have not spent much time in Taiwan, the authorities wouldn't question you for awhile, anyway.
As a native English speaker, naturally you are aware that you could get work teaching English, but I can understand why that might not be quite your thing at this point in your life. If you just want to "take a year or two off" it might be OK, but it won't advance your career appreciably when you go back to the States.
You might be able to save some money in Taiwan if you live simply, and you could probably manage to get into a Chinese company to work, although that probably wouldn't happen overnight. If you have no strong ties to the States, and feel like you have lots of time, it might be a good experience. You might want to set some definite goals for yourself, though (I'll save $X, or I'll spend X time, or I'll get X years of experience) and then firmly and resolutely go back to the States. If you stay too long, you may catch the "I should be in Taiwan" disease, for which there is no known cure. [img]images/smiles/icon_sad.gif[/img]