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Moving to Taiwan: What Expats Should Know

Just off the east coast of China, Taiwan is a bustling sovereign state with a thriving economy. Moving to Taiwan might be a great move for your career but you will have to adjust to a whole new way of life. Taiwan’s culture is very similar to that of Mainland China’s and you will have to careful weigh out what you say and do when you first arrive. Here are a few things that you need to know when you move to Taiwan.

The face

Like China, upholding a person’s dignity and not causing loss of face is extremely important in Taiwanese culture. Especially in the work scenario, it is important that you not lose your cool. If you need to communicate your dissatisfaction over something, it is best you do it in private and carefully measure out your words. For your work to move smoothly, you will have to ensure that you respect this aspect of Taiwanese culture. read more

How to Deal With Culture Shock in India

The Indian Subcontinent is a vastly diverse place that’s made up of many cultures and a variety of people. Foreigners who travel to India, especially those making their first trip, are usually unsure of what to expect and are taken aback by the enormous cultural difference they encounter the minute they set foot in the country. India can be exasperating but if you give it a chance it can be endearing as well. Here’s how you can deal with the obvious cultural differences when you travel to India: read more

Cultural Shocks in Singapore as an Expat

Even though Singapore is quite westernized and English is the primary language spoken in business establishments, it can provide culture shocks to people that travel here for the first time. The language can be an eye opener as local people here speak a mix of English and Malay or Cantonese which is called Singlish and may be difficult to understand the first time you hear it.

Food courts for expats – As eating in restaurants is an expensive endeavor in this city, people prefer to eat out in food courts at shopping malls and other public places. There are several European restaurants here offering a mix of Italian, Mexican and also American style food options along with different fast food chains. Expats brave enough to try out local food can start with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options which may be a little spicy for Europeans as it contains local spices. The local markets still have roadside cobblers who repair shoes sitting on the roadside as you enjoy fried chicken feet or hot dimsums. read more