I totally concur with the fact that resurrecting Taiwan’s economy is an arduous task. I do not care whether it is the DPP/KMT, the core problems remain the same; Low income, inflation, lack of talent, brain drain and lack of innovation.
Talking about salary, Taiwan is a bit of mystery to me. I am currently living in Xizhi district, which is probably the worst, and yes, the worst area to live in Taipei/New Taipei city. Horrible traffic, bad air quality and unhygienic. I have lived in Zhonghe before, and at that time I used to consider Zhong he as messed up (How could I do with going back living there).
Moreover, I guess the average per capita income in Xizhi district Should be lower than other districts, considering the fact that there are hardly any tech. companies here and the average age has got to be higher than the rest of the city. Xizhi has got probably the largest population of 外勞/ South East Asian blue collar workers and most of the jobs are service/retail/construction based.
On the contradictory, I have seen so many BMW/Porsche/Benz being driven here that it perplexes me and make me wanna ask- If the average income in Xizhi, or for that matter even in Taiwan is 38k, then how are people driving these fancy cars? Benz AMG, BMW M series and other cars that are considered fancy are a common sight here and that’s when the roads here are full of potholes, as narrow as those in traditional market and just a pain in the ass to even commute in a scooter (Not sure why would someone drive a fancy car on these messed up roads).
Talking about salary, I do concur with the fact that on an average, the salary for people working as general office staff, retail and service industry is BAD. But then again, if the salaries are so low, then why do Taiwanese line up in queues for iPhone X? If I was earning 30k / month, I would not even be thinking of getting a phone that costs as much as my monthly income. Do you blame the salary or the bad money management of young Taiwanese people? Going abroad, buying the latest phone, KTV, fancy food - and then complain, I got no money left? Give me a break.