I am an American living in Hong Kong and work at a patent firm there that I started with my partner. We are starting an office in Taipei and have hired a few people already, we are impressed with the quality of people with good technical backgrounds (PhDs and Masters) and the reasonable salaries (compared to HK or US). Our long-term goal is bringing in work from the US to file in mainland China (we are in the process of getting our mainland patent filing license).
I was training a new PhD hire (biotech) last week, a very pleasant and intelligent young man, I was impressed.
So my question is for people who have been put in a supervisory role in Taiwan and supervising locals, in English (I am intermediate Japanese so can “read” some Chinese for meaning, but need to study Mandarin ASAP). Any experience you can share would be greatly appreciated.
I am a single woman, 55, lived in HK and Tokyo over 10 years total so likely not too much culture shock except that it would be a new country supervising people- supervised people in HK but the level of English is much higher I believe.
Through our Taiwan subsidiary we can somehow sponsor a visa for me, we’re working with an immigration agent to sort this out.
I have a nice life in HK and am worried I won’t transition well- I live on a tiny island off HK island where there are no cars and it is very peaceful- but work in a downtown area of HK.
It seems Taiwan people are happy to work for foreigners as maybe we are nicer than Taiwan bosses?
Last question is about importing two cats- seems HK is not considered as a rabies-free country for quarantine purposes? So I need 21-day quarantine? Also, how hard to find pet-friendly apartments? Apartment rent is so much cheaper than HK that I don’t think the price will be an issue. I pay about US 1600 per month for 450 square feet in a walk-up so don’t think Taipei is worse than that price.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give…