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Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

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Re: Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

Postby yyy » 25 Jun 2016, 15:43

Icon wrote:And that is not even starting to touch the work crunch, your age, the impossibility of getting a pension here, etc.

Not impossible -- he's a foreign spouse. (Plus, even non-spouses can get the labor insurance old age benefit.)

Also OP, after paying into your Canadian pension for so many years, how much of it are you supposed to be able to get if you move to Taiwan now and stay here permanently?
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Re: Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

Postby scommy » 25 Jun 2016, 17:03

Well if your Chinese is good and you live far away from the big family and the associated 家庭壓力 it may just work out.

Just remember at the moment your wife is gaining a bit of face simply from living in Canada. Once you move back permanently you guys will have to gain face from job positions. If your wife's extended family are mostly semi skilled laborers you should be fine. However if some of the cousins are highly successful, dentists or govt workers etc, then your wife's parents will come under immense scrutiny from the extended family as to what work you and your wife are doing, how much you earn and so on. Your wife's parents will pass this pressure on to your wife who will in turn pass it onto you. All putting serious pressure on your marriage and you. It may sound a bit ridiculous but the reality is Taiwan is an extremely status/face oriented society. Plus every time there is a birthday or special occasion CNY etc you will still need to stump up for red envelopes.
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Re: Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

Postby Icon » 26 Jun 2016, 17:39

yyy wrote:
Icon wrote:And that is not even starting to touch the work crunch, your age, the impossibility of getting a pension here, etc.

Not impossible -- he's a foreign spouse. (Plus, even non-spouses can get the labor insurance old age benefit.)

Also OP, after paying into your Canadian pension for so many years, how much of it are you supposed to be able to get if you move to Taiwan now and stay here permanently?


Yep. All 10 thousand ntd of it, if any company sponsors it at his advanced age. The national pension plan is not like NHI where you can contribute all yourself.

And he would be even more dependent on his wife...and ger family. One of the first things most families do here is try to repatriate the foreign spouse so they don't share the after death benefits. Not that they do any sharing -insurance and inheritance- but just to make sure he won't even try.
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Re: Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

Postby Charlie Phillips » 27 Jun 2016, 02:16

Bahhh! All these think too much people offering advice. Look at Scommy with six posts under his belt...

You are smarter than the average hombro in any country. You can go anywhere and do anything.

You have a supportive family in Taiwan who respect you because you gave them a very cute, and intelligent grand-daughter.

You are a good husband and father, and that is what any good family prays for. It doesn't matter if you are a dentist or a farmer, as long as you are good at what you do, and a good person as well.

The detractors wear no clothes.
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Re: Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

Postby afterspivak » 27 Jun 2016, 07:13

This detractor says: if you choose to move back to Taiwan, you'd better be prepared to find a way (eventually) to be your own boss. Otherwise be prepared for a sharp downgrade in terms of salary, protection under the law, health risks, and quality of life.

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Re: Thinking of Moving Back to Taiwan

Postby headhonchoII » 27 Jun 2016, 10:50

Yup, this long timer must also echo that. Employers are also ageist here. Pay is low. Work condition poor in general although can luck out on occasion. Canada might not be a picnic but you've got the law on your side at the minimum and higher wage base. From an outside perspective I would say it may be better to give Canada a few more years. Taiwan is okay for semi retirement picking up stuff here and there maybe
If wife wants a better job and conditions don't expect it to happen easily
In Taiwan (why not look for a Canadian employer?)
If you the same..ditto (can you change career in Canada or get a better teaching qualification?)
Also you mentioned concerns about the kids education preferring western one.

-edit given you are an experienced ESL teacher you may pick up something okay for you and then some extra graphic work online or whatever. It depends on what you are aiming for. u think you should know enough about Taiwan already to hazard a guess already.
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