(I’ve broken off a thread started in the “Teaching English” section of Forumosa.)
Is this true? Back in 1993 when I started off teaching ESL in a smaller city in southern Taiwan there were still a fair number of pot-addled yobbos saving up cash for three or six months at a time before heading back to Thailand or India or wherever. My impression from the few times I stayed at hostels in Taipei was that they were the rule rather than the exception (at the hostels, I mean).
Has the foreign ESL teacher demographic really changed that much over the last ten years? If so, where do the hairy hash hobbits go to make cash for plane tickets these days?