10/02/2006

WuiT #045: Daniel Wallace (part 2)


Filed Under: Great Hidden Spots in Taipei, Foreigners in Taiwan, Generosity.
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I think that Taiwan is a great place to live in as a Westerner, and certainly easier to adapt to than China or even Thailand. However, deep integration seems almost impossible, and it's hard to picture many futures for myself here.
One of Taiwan's problems seems to be its self-doubt, which I see as a positive thing about the country. Taiwan also seems to collect a lot of low quality expats (with many notable exceptions), due to the easy ride that foreigners are given and the good money to be made teaching English.

Daniel


Link: Pictures of Daniel's party.
by Jesús Sandoval




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5 comments:

David said...

Great interview. I would love to hear Daniel part 3.

Anonymous said...

nice nice.. hehhe....

Peter said...

"Low quality expats" indeed! What a snob. So the 'quality' is so much better in Thailand, Vietnam or anywhere else in East Asia...? Hardly.

Nathan said...

That was an earful...
good luck publishing...
hmmm...

Daniel said...

Peter: There seem to be more creative people in Chiang Mai; and more adventurous, culturally well-adapted people in Kunming. Perhaps I've just met certain groups in each place, but I don't think I'm a snob for pointing out that the money that english teaching earns in Taiwan helps create a certain kind of ex pat community.