I think the correct term must be local expats, or whatever term we like to use to describe ourselves! A couple of months ago I subscribed to a newsletter, called Taiwan What’s Up.
It seems be a government sponsored newsletter that reaches out to foreigners in a variety of languages and provides valuable information about living in Taiwan.
Their recent news was actually quite informative. They’ve set up a service center in Taipei County for the large numbers of us living here. In their words, .
With the goal of offering services to over 80,000 recent arrivals from overseas and their nearly 30,000 children, the Taipei County government has established a special “International Multi-Service Counter” for these new residents and their families. . the International Multi-Service Counter is the first facility of its kind in Taiwan to provide services in six languages, including Chinese, English, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai and Burmese.
This service counter was inaugurated on September 2, 2008 and now is operated by the Pearl S. Buck Foundation under the management of the Taipei County government. Its objective is to offer comprehensive assistance to international residents via a one-stop window that offers access to a full range of legal consultations, referral services, on-site interpretation and other forms of help.
I’ve provided the contact information below:
Contact information for the Taipei County Six-Language International Multi-Service Counter:
Tel: (02) 2960-3456, ext. 5122, 5123 or 5124
Office Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday
Address: First-floor Service Center,
Taipei County Hall
No.161, Sec. 1, Zhongshan Rd., Banqiao City, Taipei County
Do make use of the websites, subscribe to the newsletter, and (if you need) visit the service center. Let them know: it’s really appreciated!