Really? 40k a month is not enough for a single young person in new taipei city? I’ve known people that make 28k in taipei city and was fine. I mean they aren’t hitting the club and certainly don’t live amazing, but definitely doing fine. I don’t see a problem if youre 20 living with 3-4 roommates paying around 5-6k for rent.
And i’ve lived on around 600-1000 US dollars as a server a month sharing a flat with 5 roommates in florida when I was 22 before moving back here. Did it suck, yeah. I rode the bus that came every 30min and walked 15-45min from bus stops in the florida heat. Didn’t do much activities besides going to the beach that was free. That was what option I had due to circumstances and I made it work, surely making more in taiwan could be ok compared to florida for me. And i even managed to save up enough to buy a ticket to Taiwan, took a while but I did it.
But yeah, I do have family help in Taiwan now like having my own house without rent and a car they gave me to use. But still, there was a time I lived on literally less in the US where i lost my car and all contact with my family from reasons I won’t get into. And tbh, i think most 22 year olds would be happy to get 40k out of college here. I think most entry level jobs out of college in Taiwan is way less.