cfimages: Indeed, you're quite correct in that sense (which I will get to shortly). I did say there are drawbacks to the way the Taiwanese do things, and I'm pretty critical of a whole lot of aspects of how Taiwan operates (especially its education system). That said, greater prosperity is not to be scoffed at (not that I think you're scoffing at it). It certainly has its benefits. Many Taiwanese seem to be able to travel abroad, even for relatively short periods of time. I don't think that's the case for the equivalent percentages of Turks. Life expectancy and other such measures are also better in Taiwan, which aside from other things, is probably a function of prosperity/development.
You might be surprised to learn that of all the countries I have visited, Turkey was probably my favourite, though holidaying somewhere and working there are two different matters. I had heard great things before I went there, and I was expecting that to be hyperbole, but I was absolutely blown away by the place. Turkish hospitality is second to none, and it's an amazing country with a wealth of landscapes and an incredible history and culture, though I still think a lot of people there were really lazy and didn't help themselves, and it's not on a par with Taiwan in terms of development. If I had to choose over Taiwan or Turkey to live in, Taiwan would be better for my current situation in life simply because of how much I can earn and save here. In Turkey, as an English teacher (which I looked into and was offered a position for), you live well compared to most locals, but you don't really move forward. If I were an average local, I think my prospects would probably be better as a Taiwanese than a Turk. If I were older and relatively comfortable, Taiwan wouldn't even be in the hunt. If I were super-rich, well, it probably wouldn't make such a difference either way.
And you coming in to scold us all like some kind of sour-puss kindie assistant who favors olive cardigans and lemon drinks without sugar. -- Muzha Man
One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words "Socialism" and "Communism" draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, "Nature Cure" quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. -- George Orwell