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Why is it hard to make friends in Taiwan?4 reasons why

A guy by the name of Confucius once said that it is a delight to have friends coming from afar (有朋自遠方來不亦樂乎). In Taiwan, there seems to be a lot of friends from afar coming to these shores and settling for both the short and long-term. Yet, one key complaint that some make is that it is […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Taiwan

In three weeks time, I will be celebrating one year in Taiwan. For most people reading this, that will sound either as a long time, or a short time. Either way, I have really come to love my life in Taiwan. There are many things about Taipei that I love and hate, and rightly so. […]

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The Wrong White Collars: Why Taiwan Won’t Keep Its Foreign Talent

Introduction There are many reasons why someone would want to come to Taiwan, the lifestyle, culture, food and whatever cliché you want to throw around as well. There are a myriad of them. But what is discussed between expats, but is rarely addressed by the government, are the reasons why foreign talents, and foreigners in […]

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Advice for Renting in Taipei: How to Avoid a Nightmare

Unless you want to live on Campus and share a room with someone on the cheap, you are going to have to rent in the city. It is probably going to be more expensive than the alternative of campus accommodation, but it will be cheaper than being in a single room campus accommodation. Even then, […]

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Mandarin is Not Worth Learning: Unless You Have a Good Reason

I can’t find any statistics on what percentage of foreigners (Westerners) speak Mandarin in Taiwan, but by simple observation I wouldn’t expect that number to be quite low. When I say “speak Mandarin” I am setting the standard to be able to work in an office with a decent amount of Mandarin or to be […]

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