About a week ago a local TV station ran a piece about how Taiwan was losing its own youith to brain drain but attracting foreigners, particularly in the software/high tech sectors. They interviewed several foreigners from US, Europe and Asia, and they all preferred Taiwan. One said he liked the smaller entreprise he was in, making a real contribution to the team. Others praised the friendlier and safer environment.
So I guess there are some folks out there who are doing fine, career and personal life wise, moving here. I think it has to do with the opportunities available in each sector.
Teaching is way too “stiff”, due to the indoctrination of test taking and memorization, so froeign teachers have always been a round peg in a square hole in this field. Little innovation can be made as changes have to be political, and politically speaking, it is both “stiff” and a “stiff”.
Translation has always been more of a small number of people controlling most of the market, here and everywhere. Freelancing clashes with big agencies.
Other fields where foreigners abound now are pilots -but still very dependent on their contracts, which depend on the volatile market. Some engineers and technicians in telecommunications. Not much variety.
We are not Japan in the sense that we have anything, from store front custoemr service to hotels to taxi driving, etc. open to foreigners.