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why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby akikaki1 » 08 Apr 2012, 11:08

Just the from the ugly buildings? Taiwan's per capita discretionary income( money after taxes and price of living) is I believe 7-8th highest on earth.


Could not find good articale on discretionary income but found disposable (income after taxes)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... nal_income
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby Deuce Dropper » 08 Apr 2012, 11:10

who thinks Taiwan is poor?
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby akikaki1 » 08 Apr 2012, 11:22

Deuce Dropper wrote:who thinks Taiwan is poor?


Maybe it's just my firends in US, some expatiate fourms also
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby finley » 08 Apr 2012, 11:28

Most people don't even know where Taiwan is, or that it exists in the first place. The average American thinks anywhere outside of the US is poor because the government tells them that it is, same as in China. I don't think anyone who has actually been here imagines Taiwan is "poor", except perhaps intellectually ... but again, you could say that about 99% of the planet.
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby akikaki1 » 08 Apr 2012, 11:42

finley wrote:Most people don't even know where Taiwan is, or that it exists in the first place. The average American thinks anywhere outside of the US is poor because the government tells them that it is, same as in China. I don't think anyone who has actually been here imagines Taiwan is "poor", except perhaps intellectually ... but again, you could say that about 99% of the planet.


I was honestly surprised that my firends knew were Taiwan was. These are typical 17 year olds who work all week to spend it all on weed in one day.
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby creztor » 08 Apr 2012, 13:25

Can you blame them? If you show anyone a "real" picture of Taiwan what you usually see are rundown buildings with sidewalks covered by mountains of scooters parked left, right and centre. The cities look like they're building held together by spit and glue.
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby akikaki1 » 08 Apr 2012, 13:34

creztor wrote:Can you blame them? If you show anyone a "real" picture of Taiwan and what you usually see are rundown buildings with sidewalks covered by mountains of scooters parked left, right and centre. The cities look like they're building held together by spit and glue.


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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby tommy525 » 08 Apr 2012, 13:34

Deuce Dropper wrote:who thinks Taiwan is poor?


yeah thats my question too.
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby TheGingerMan » 08 Apr 2012, 14:12

Taiwan is most certainly not poor, yet even if it was, so farging what? It's not as if there aren't poor places in many so called advanced cuntries.
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Not that there is anything wrong with. I have had the good fortune to mingle with many a varied class crowd in my decadent & depraved existence, and I can not express strongly enough the sentiment that it takes all kinds. Every stratum has good and bad, but if push came to shove, I'd rather be with poor. Call it realpolitricks, but I'd rather be with the street wise than the circle jerk. Don't even get me started on the middle classes.......
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Re: why does everyone think taiwan is poor?

Postby Super Hans » 08 Apr 2012, 14:31

Aside from the images from even the richest inner city areas of Taiwan, which often look like the slums commonly found in the inner-cities of more developed countries, I'd imagine that government behaviour, including corruption akin to that found in the developing world, strange land use practices and the behaviour or Taiwanese citizens (from piling old scooters and garbage outside their houses to the archaic day to day religious or spiritual practices that seem to govern a large percentage of the populace) enhance the perception that Taiwan is a poor country.
Taiwan's location, next to China and just above the Philippines, and the fact that it sounds like 'Thailand' (so it therefore, subconsciously perhaps, must be the same as Thailand) probably does little to further its image as a country which is not poor, but in fact quite well off. Ironically, Taiwan was the butt of jokes as a developing nation, making plastic toy cars and mop buckets, but this is what propelled it to success and fortune. Unfortunately, the image has been difficult to shake.
Taiwan's exports are not as high profile or as well known as other Asian countries' exports. For example, other Asian countries manufacture very well known brands such as Hyundai, (Korea) LG (Korea), Sony (Japan) and Nissan (Japan) and these products can be found both in the home and on the road in western countries, and have had time to become established as brand and household names. Even terrorists roam around aimlessly firing AK47's (USSR) on Toyota pickups (Japan) and are often reported live in HD on your Samsung (Korea) by the news channel RT (Russia).
And let's face it. Many people back home, and some I have met in Taiwan, think that Acer (Taiwan) and HTC (Taiwan) are from Japan (Japan).
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