The true story from Adam gives you a fact view
for live and work in China.
I suppose there are two main reasons I keep choosing to live and work in China.
The first is that China's just a very fun, interesting place to live. I enjoy
urban life much more than rural life, and even a relatively small city in China
will often be as large and as lively as one of the largest cities in the U.S.
And even in a relatively small city over here, it's usually not too difficult to
find most Western amenities (e.g. Western grocery stores, restaurants, etc.).
Plus, as a Western foreigner in China, you sort of feel like a movie star the
entire time you're here, since every day all sorts of random people will want to
talk to you or take a picture with you or invite you out for a meal (no worry,
they will pay meal for you).
The second main reason is the ease of finding employment over here. I
speak fluent Chinese and I have a Master's degree in linguistics, but I still
haven't been able to find a decent job back home in the U.S. Things might be
easier if I lived in a big city in the U.S., but for family reasons (as you
know) I have to live in a fairly rural part of North Carolina, and there are
just no jobs there for someone with my background and training. In the U.S. I
might apply to 30 jobs and get a single interview (if I'm lucky), but here in
China if I applied to 30 jobs I'd probably get 30 interviews, and out of those
30 interviews I'd probably get at least 15 job offers.
Of course, employers in China still appreciate applicants with training in the
sciences, engineering, etc.; it's just unlike in the U.S., here they appreciate
applicants with training in the humanities and social sciences as well. And
while the average salary that most foreign teachers in China receive is somewhat
lower than that of a typical entry-level white-collar job in the U.S., the cost
of living here is much, much lower than the cost of living in the U.S., so on
the whole you can enjoy a higher quality of life (aside from the air pollution,