[quote=“Namahottie”][quote=“housecat”]I left for something like five and a half years and missed this place every minute. I don’t know why. Even now I’m back, I’m not overwhelmed with gladdness or something. But life is easier here in many ways. I guess that’s just it.
I think the hard part of leaving is just knowing that so many things where you’re going are not as easy as they were here. When you’re sitting in an American clinic for 4 hours waiting for a five minute consult with a doctor, which you will pay two or three thousand NT dollars for, you begin to miss Taiwan.
When you go to a middle American grocery store and come out with 3-6 thousand NT worth of food in one or two small bags–and almost NO fresh produce, and a hella lot of preservatives–you begin to miss Taiwan.
When you fork over 15-20 thousand NT dollars for a one bedroom appartment that’s miles away from work/school, when you spend three or four thousand NT per week filling up the vehicle that gets you from home to work/school, when you can’t talk to anyone because they only watch FOX and don’t even seem to realize that there’s more to the world than the land between their house, work, and wal-mart, when they’re freaked out by chopstics, couldn’t find ANY other country on a map, spew hate for another race/culture having never met a single representitive of such . . . .
You just want to go home after a while. You know?[/quote]
Amen. I went thru a serious “I-Miss-Taiwan” period during the summer. And have just gotten over it. The recession beat it out of me…
Look why come back to the US (if that’s where you’re head back to) now. I swear to God the economy sucks. I’ve been out of work since 2007 due to grad school which I finished in Dec 2008. And I just found a PART-TIME job this past week. Everything is over priced, attitudes suck because people are dealing with their own BS AND the effects of a bad economy. Look, you have work, health-insurance, good transportation, cheap food, access to other countries to visit when you get bored. Don’t. Come. Back. Seriously. Wait until the recession begins to ease more than it is now. But if you do come back, come back with a master plan and a plan B and make it work. In the meantime, take some online courses, buff up your Chinese speaking skills and enjoy the place.[/quote]
Namahottie, if I return to the US it is because I already have a job. If things work out I may have a government job in the next six months.
The question is whether I can stand living in the US. I believe working with mainly white Americans in the government will lend me to hear many racist views about foreigners. Can I handle that?