My present company is offering me a position in Taipei (I find out the details tomorrow).
I am wondering for those westerners there, has the experience been worth while?
My reasons for considering the offer are that I think it would be an amazing adventure having everything I am used to changed/different. I also think it would be wonderful to learn to speak a second language. I am not married and it is reasonably simple to relocate (so why not give the expat thing a try!?).
Are there people like me over there? Are these reasons sufficient to overcome the certain difficulties I would face there?
I already know a little mandarin as I have studied here in california for a couple years for fun (there is a big chinese community here in silicon valley and it is fun to practice speaking to my chinese co-workers – and I used to love the TV show Kung fu ).
Am I crazy? Is it difficult but rewarding? Is my perception of racism blown out of proportion? Are all foreigners there because they are married to Taiwanese? Anyone there a transplant from silicon valley? Any regrets?
I would appreciate any suggestions/etc – particularly input on what is important in a job offer in Taiwan. I have been to Taipei extremely briefly a couple times (one trip lasting an entire afternoon), so I dont really have a feel for the place.