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Expat interview with David

I was recently interviewed by Expat Interviews about living and working in Taiwan. The interview is now online.

I say a little about some of the things I don't like in Taiwan. I always tend to put a pretty positive spin on things in my blog, but I must admit that not everything in this country is perfect.

-What are the positive and negative aspects of living in Taiwan?
The negative aspects are definitely the appalling traffic conditions and pollution. By traffic conditions I don't just mean traffic jams. While the roads are very busy the traffic usually flows reasonably well. What bother me are the appalling driving habits. Most Taiwanese show no courtesy to other road users, have little understanding of road safety and no respect for the road rules.

Most of the urban areas are crowded and ugly. Although there is some interesting and even beautiful architecture here, most buildings are utilitarian concrete boxes. Little attempt is made to preserve buildings with historical and heritage values. Generally speaking Taiwanese people don't concern themselves much with aesthetics.

I mostly have good things to say in the rest of the interview which you can read here. I hope there is some helpful advice for anyone thinking of moving to Taiwan. Also have a look at some of the other interviews on the site with expats from many different countries.  

File next to:
David on Formosa on What’s up in Taiwan
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Comment from jan
Time 5 September 2006 at 6:44 am

nice web site, also saw your other one, good job, nice work,
keep it up.

Comment from andres
Time 27 September 2006 at 11:28 am

great interview