My husband and I are traveling to Taipei and Shanghai in a week so I can have a look-see and decide whether I want to move the family to either of those places for 2-3 years. We have three kids. They’d be 15, 13 and 11 by the time we’d get there so a good school is a major issue. I have been reading about Taipei American School and I have to say, I’m rather disappointed that it doesn’t seem to be the haven of American diversity I was hoping for. I’ve read entries in the forum where people are lamenting the fact that there are very few White American faces at the school-well what about some Black or Brown American faces? I was hoping for a real mixed group but doesn’t seem like that’s a possibility.
SO, we’re going to check out the European School (British section) while we’re there. I’ve heard Yangmingshan is popular with expats, especially Europeans because of the school but it also seems like I couldn’t walk anywhere (groceries, dept. stores, cafes, etc.) or get to interesting cultural destinations. Is that true? Could I live in central Tien Mou and have the kids take a school bus to the European School or would they be in for a long ride?
My head is spinning. I don’t want to send them to a school where they are so obviously the “only ones”-we could have stayed in Oregon if I wanted to continue with that-but I can’t see living in Yangmingshan if it means that while my husband is working and the kids are at school, I’m alone in the sticks with no easy way to connect with other expats.
Also, since I’m on a roll, would living in Tien Mou near a school be a ridiculous decision if my husband is working in Hsin-Yi District?
Thanks so much for any direction you can offer!!!