For a different perspective, of course!
If you hold an object in your hand, and view it from one side, no matter how hard you study that object from your perspective, you will always have a limited view. Similarly, if you live your whole life in one city, or one State, or one country, your perspective is limited by what you are exposed to. As an American with a wife and three children, with a good business, pleasant living environment and great friends, relocating was not an easy decision to make. The downturn in the economy was not a factor, as the choice was made years ago. Shaping our lives to allow us to let go of the attachments of our relationships and property was difficult and took quite some time. Focusing my business to be Internet-based and virtual was important. Building an Internet marketing business and virtual world business solutions consultancy gave me the freedom to move and continue working.
What drove me to relocate my family were the promises that only a shift in perspective could provide.
- Giving my children a different education and fluency in Mandarin Chinese
- Strengthening our family support structure
- Opening doors to international business in Asia
- The ability to accelerate my writing and photojournalism career
- Increased travel opportunities
- An improved quality of life, with fewer expenses and less stress (good bye rat race)
In order to advance towards a new future, I chose to reconnect with the past in Taiwan. I was born in Taiwan, but knew little of it growing up. My mother was a descendant of the Taiwanese tribal culture (Atayal), and she shared very little of her heritage with her children. I discovered my indigenous Taiwanese heritage when my mother was dying of cancer in the early 1990’s. After her death, I visited Taiwan in 1995, reunited with my relatives, and fell in love with the indigenous tribes of Taiwan. I formed my non-profit organization, ATAYAL in 1996, promoting the indigenous cultures of Taiwan, and took on the cause of indigenous advocacy, which to me is synonymous with sustainable living and “going green.” Since then, I have had a calling to return to Taiwan to see what I can provide.
We chose to settle in Tainan County, Taiwan, where my wife’s family lives. We live in a fairly rural area, with a slower-paced lifestyle. This slower pace is unusual in Taiwan, which prides itself on entrepreneurialism and hard work. But the village of Sigang (pronounced shee-gong’) is still connected to a traditional Taiwanese culture, which has slowly been eroded by progress and modernism.
We are here to see what this new perspective provides and embrace the relationships and opportunities that come our way. Visit our blog regularly to read our latest discoveries and adventures in our new life. We would love to show a Taiwan that more American families may enjoy experiencing or living in.