Monday, July 13, 2009

Why Taiwan?

I've been considering looking at employment in Taiwan following my adventures in New Zealand. Why, you might reasonably ask?


- Japanese hot springs are available (due to the occupation)
- Chance to learn Japanese history from the other side of the equation
- Island nation
- (Hopefully) access to really remote Japanese islands
- A quasi-Japanese culture (effects of occupation, similar Chinese influence)
- Cheap to live, decent salaries for foreign workers


- Pollution; anyone know how bad it is?
- The world of grey, i.e. endless cityscape, fewer rural places
- May be too crowded even for me

Thoughts from readers? Anyone happen to be in Taiwan now?


Anonymous said...

An interesting proposition. I am sure that many Taiwanese will be fascinated to learn that their culture us "quasi-Japanese" as evidenced by their use of the Chinese writing system.
As regards learning Japanese history from "the other side of the equation" does it follow that we can learn about American history by visiting the Philippines?

Turner said...

Your sarcasm notwithstanding, yes we can; a great deal of it. Just as I hope to understand the perspective of the Taiwanese under the Japanese occupation. History is history.

The Taiwanese man I spoke with last week didn't raise any objections when I said his culture was largely influenced by Japan.

AZDuffman said...

Can't say I know lots about Taiwan, but as far as "the other side of history" I'd tread carefully. Could be like asking about Isrraeli History in Syria. Sarcasm not intended--that part of the world seems to have a loooooong memory.

I'd say give it a shot, but I think you will always be comparing it to Japan. You may be dissapointed.

Finally, tell "anonymous" that many Fillipinos have a close relationship to the USA. Some said the country was nuts to even accept independence and should have become a US State (then the 49th)

Anonymous said...

No worries. 80% of the population of Taiwan aged 70 or over speak fluent Japanese and look back at that era with fondness. After 50 years of Japanese rule, the KMT fled to Taiwan bringing along their defeated crony army and a very bad incident broke out where thousands of Taiwanese elites were killed or jailed. How do I know? I'm Taiwanese and my grandfather served in the Japanese Imperial Army. Yes, he is still alive and watches Japanese TV all day from his home in Taipei.