Taiwan has always been an attractive place to study and work. In fact, long before Mainland China became an option for Westerners, Taiwan was the place to study Chinese and work in a Mandarin Chinese speaking environment. As the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) gained economic and political strength in the world, Westerners naturally gravitated toward this new market. Language programs and jobs for Westerners flourished. In the past decade there has been a renewed interest in Taiwan. This is undoubtedly due to a dramatic increase in cost of living in the P.R.C., increasing government regulation and scrutiny of foreigners, the increased political tension between China and the West, and generally the increasing difficulty doing business and studying in China in a free and fair way.
In recent years Taiwan has once again emerged as an attractive place to study, work, and live. Taiwan offers a free, open, and safe environment that is welcoming to outsiders. While the cost of living in Taiwan’s big cities is about the same as the big cities in Mainland China, it is much easier for a foreigner to navigate than in China.
This book provides a practical, up-to-date, hands-on guide to navigating life in Taiwan. It is not a travel guidebook, but rather provides detailed information for the foreign resident in Taiwan, whether they be studying or working. It provides a wealth of information covering everything from renting apartments, taking care of your daily needs, what and where to eat, to Taiwanese work ethic and business culture, how to make the most of your study of Chinese, how to get around, and so on. The book is illustrated with relevant photos that contextualize the text, and enhance reader’s understanding of the information.
MATTHEW B. CHRISTENSEN is professor of Chinese at Brigham Young University. He is also director of the BYU Chinese Flagship Center and has been working with the program since 2002. He has directed and managed Flagship and study abroad programs at Nanjing University since the late 1990s.
HENRIETTA YANG is associate professor of Chinese and linguistics and former co-director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program at the University of Mississippi (UM) from 2013 to 2021. Yang directed and managed study abroad programs at Shanghai University in China and National Chung Cheng University and Tamkang University in Taiwan for more than ten years
This book provides an invaluable resource for foreigners coming to Taiwan to study and work. It covers all the basic information they would need to really enjoy their time in Taiwan.
I found this book to be highly relevant and pertinent to anyone coming to Taiwan. It does a great job introducing everyday life in Taiwan with all its complexities. Reading this will indeed expand the readers understanding of everything Taiwan.
As the title promises, the book informs the reader about many aspects of Taiwan, whether the reader might be going there to study, work, or travel, and is full of good suggestions and advice. It is a good read for anyone going to Taiwan for the first time or for repeated visits. The tables at the end of the book, of the Chinese words used in the text, should come in very handy as you navigate Taiwan.