- Do you feel satisfied about the English-language translation of Taiwan’s traffic signs, such as the names of streets and bus stops? [/quote]
No, they are erratic. I write the Lonely Planet guidebook for Taiwan and every single edition I have to change maps to reflect the current mess of road signs. This is also one of the most frequent complaints I hear from readers.
2. Do you feel satisfied about the English-language translation of Taiwan’s shopping circles and scenic spots?[/quote]
Generally in shopping centres and larger supermarkets they are fine.
In scenic areas it is inconsistent. Again, in my work over the past ten years I have seen English signs going from okay to worse. It is obvious to me the current KMT government does not care about English signage. In the past, every new museum or sight that opened would have full bilingual displays. Museums that have opened since 2008 rarely have English displays other than headlines. So when you travel and find good English at scenic areas it is almost always older signs you are looking at.
This also extends to staff who work at tourism offices, national parks, and scenic areas. It was common in the past to find English speakers. These days it is rare, except in the most popular spots such as Hualien, and even there the training is simply dreadful. Bilingual staff usually know nothing more than what is on a brochure and consistently give out wrong information.
3. Do you feel satisfied about the English-language translation of Taiwan government’s public facilities?[/quote]
4. Do you feel satisfied about the English-language transition of Taiwan’s shops (such as Menu in the restaurant)?[/quote]
Some are good. But again, looking at my work, I see that in the guide there are so many restaurants where I have to give examples of foods in Chinese characters so travellers can order (as there is no English menu). For other shops it is usually obvious what is being sold.
5. Do you feel it is convenient to depart and arrive in Taiwan?[/quote]
Yes. Very. I am surprised at those who say it would be difficult without Chinese.
6. Are you satisfied with the governmental policies on the grants of permanent residency (ARC or PRC)?[/quote]
No, for reasons others have stated.
7. Do you think Taiwan has provided the foreigners with enough work opportunities (or varieties of jobs)?[/quote]
No. Again, others have said it clearly.
Yes. Very reasonable and good value.
9. Do you feel satisfied with the designs of the bilingual courses for foreign students in Taiwanese academy?[/quote]
10. Do you feel satisfied with the design of Taiwan’s policies on the medical welfare for foreigners?[/quote]
Yes, it’s excellent.
[quote]Feedback and opinions are more than welcome.
If you wish to have your voice heard by the government, please do remember, your words do make a difference.
Right now as I type my entire street is burning ghost paper in giant quantities. This is affecting my breathing. As others have said, environmental pollution is one my biggest complaint. No other Chinese community allows public burning of ghost paper like this. It is shameful Taiwan allows this to happen when it is an obvious health and safety risk.
Likewise with traffic. There is no reason at Taiwan’s current levels of development to allow the anarchy one sees on the streets. Taipei is getting reasonably these days, and one can cross a street and expect cars to wait. In other areas, no.
I am very pleased with the continual greening of Taipei and the expansion of sidewalks. I also find that many areas of the country feel as if they are settling into themselves and are very pleasant for travelling. In general, I have a good quality of life here in Taiwan. Taipei is exceptionally safe and easy going (traffic aside) and the MRT a joy to use. The range of activities is vast both within the city and in the surrounding areas. The city has also become very clean these past 2-3 years.
One thing that worries me is the lack of proper law enforcement and erratic court rulings. After the Miyako case, I know many expats worried that Taiwan was not a place where the rule of law matters. While generally a safe place, Taiwan is not somewhere you want to have any trouble as you simply cannot rely on the police and courts.
For example, a friend who lives in one of the new neighborhoods in Linkou had his complex attacked last year by thugs from next door after he called the police (as they were making excessive noise). The police refused to return a second time during the attack, nor to investigate the day after. This is simply unacceptable, especially in a good middle class neighborhood, but all too common in Taiwan.