Yeah, in my experience Italians tend to be pretty happy here. But they look like a very tight community to me, who don’t mix a lot with Anglophone Westerners who are here to teach English. Despite the Taiwanese interest in Natively-spoken English, I’ve noticed that the Italians here tend to have more local friends, on average, than English teachers. Maybe it has to do with the fact that most them actually pick up Chinese after a couple years here!
It still amazes me how restaurants and cafes here will import a real live Italian to cook or manage the staff – that goes far beyond the whole edu-tainer English teacher thing to prove that Taiwan has become a rich country with money to burn.
Most Latin Americans I’ve met in Taiwan are very happy too (in sharp contrast to the ones I met in Japan). It’s funny, I’ve travled through Mexico and Central America, and never saw a lot of cultural similarities, but I guess government exchange programs with the banana republics that support Taiwan treat their participants quite royally.
I’ve run into a few Muslims here, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, and I never got the sense most of them cared for the place. The Eastern Europeans I’ve run into didn’t give off especially positive vibes either.