I’m not talking just in the Buxibans, but in general here. It’s pretty much an open secret that the bar to get work for a foreigner in a Buxiban is quite low.
I was talking to a friend recently who managed to get out of the Buxiban rat race and got a job as a tech writer at a respectable company. He is not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, but he said that he managed to “break in” in March of this year, and by October was headhunted by two other companies, including the one he’s working at now. He did so with relative ease (a phone call and in-person interview), and in a short time period.
I mentioned this to my Taiwanese-American friend who has a master’s in a tech field. His Chinese isn’t the best. Although it’s passable, in that he can converse, understand newspapers, and Taiwanese TV, he might not be able to sit in meetings and deliver a detailed business speech in Chinese. He however speaks English natively and speaks Japanese amazingly well. This Taiwanese-American friend said he sent out 500+ applications in things like tech writing and engineering, gotten maybe a handful of interviews, and has yet to get accepted at a job.
Apparently the Taiwanese-American guy said he was given an impromptu essay to write in English, or to make an impromptu business speech in Chinese, told his accent made him hard to understand, etc.
Is it really that bad in Taiwan where you will be held to a higher standard depending on what passport you hold and how you look?