[quote=“Dead Wizard”]Hey Woodchild,
So do you have duel citizenship? If so is your Chinese completely fluent? The reason I’m asking is because I’m curious if you are a true Chinese-English bilingual why would you want to limit yourself to teaching English in Taiwan? Man, people like you are suppose to be hot commodities here! Unless you really enjoy teaching or have some sort of certification I can’t figure why you would want to continue working in a profession that you acknowledge has a “deeply entrenched” prejudice against your enthnicity? If you are looking for a “place” that makes full use of your biligual abilities why not try some multi-national corporation? The pay is supposedly good in these multi-nationals (comparable to English teaching, but with a 40 hour work week), with better benefits, better chance of promotion or getting a raise, and offers some sort of career path (this is especially important if you intend to return to the US and hope to find any kind of job that pays better than entry-level wages).
PS: Like bob says your writing is not exactly up to par. You frequently mess up your tenses and make subtle grammar errors. Still do not take this as a diss; you’re writing is decent enough and I’m sure you speak just like a native.[/quote]
Yes I have dual citizenship and also am completely fluent in Mandarin. The reason why I teach English is because I do love teaching English and I enjoy the shorter working hours. This way I can actually have a life.
My profession was in the building industry. I don’t consider working here as an architectural designer because one, the regulations are totally different here. We do mostly timber construction back in NZ and in Taiwan it’s 99.9% concrete and steel. Two, the pay is really low compared to English teaching. I do miss designing houses, though.