Hiker and Omniloquacious,
thanks for the comments and the info! Let me reply one-to-one:
Yes, i appreciate that it may be difficult to answer my questions, since i have given no specifics - the reason is that there are none as of yet. (^^) That is to say, i tend to make my plans “on the way”, based on the information i get as i investigate possibilities. All i can say at this time is that i am thinking of creating a job for myself (perhaps related to the general area of Taiwan-Okinawa relations), and i hope you can see how my questions fit in there somewhere even though they are rather general. (^^)
[quote=“hiker”]It is difficult to get a visa as a newcomer in Taiwan when you are only self-employed.
But when you want to study Chinese language, history or something, take part at a university course, price ca. 25.000 NTD for 3 month, some benefits regarding to health service, accommodotion etc. It is worth, no trouble[/quote]
Roger on those details. In fact, i am planning to take a language course if possible at all (learning the language is, after all, the objective), and although such courses seem quite affordable, the money has to come from something i do while i live in Taiwan - i don’t have any savings and am therefore not in a position to just hang out while i study. (^^) You asked about my specialities: well, let’s use some convenient “labels”: radio communications, acoustics (sound engineering), electronics engineering (with a few sub-specializations from analog HF and AF tube technology applications to DSP, such as used with satellite TV), general linguistics (with a practical arm: teaching Japanese, English, German), mediation (conflict resolution), tourism planning, chemical-free agriculture, etc. In other words, and as you can see, i’m a generalist, not a specialist, and thus probably hard to sell. (^^) Anyway, that website you mentioned looks like something i think i want to study carefully, not the least to get an idea about what is happening in the economy. (^^)
Thanks for the details - yours is the kind off data i had been hoping to find somewhere. (^^) May i ask you how you got started 16 years ago? And did you already speak Chinese when you came to Taiwan?
Many thanks for a satisfying “round 1”!
PS: saw the thread about water rationing in Taiwan: our climate is pretty much the same as the climate of Taiwan’s east coast, and this year we’re running a substantial rainfall deficit…