today i had a conversation with my friend, a taiwanese who had been living in the US for about 5 years.
upon his return to taiwan he found a job with a company.
the boss of this company had been having a problem with a service supplier from the US for 3 months and asked him to fix this problem.
my friend called the US office, and voila- the problem was solved! it seems the manager on the taiwan end had been writing emails and nobody understood exactly what he was talking about. my friend, having graduated in the US, spoke excellent english and fixed the problem smoothly.
and what did he get for his good work? put on the boss's shit list! because in taiwan, watch how you shine- you might overshadow somebody else, namely the boss!
this part of taiwan culture is the reason why so many taiwanese only realize their potential overseas, because taiwan culture WONT LET THEM BE GREAT!
my friend also solved a big problem with the assembly line of the company. his fix for the problem was so swift, so simple, it's a wonder how nobody ever thought of it.
after that, my friend found himself out of the loop on so many things, it became impossible to do his job. he eventually had to quit.
anybody who thinks all cultures are equal needs to take a hard look at this example, because it repeats itself time and again in taiwan and elswhere in asia.
there's a REASON why the West is STILL ahead- because they don't waste time on crap like who was in the sandbox first. you're either the best or you're not. you are paid to SOLVE PROBLEMS, not be status quo. if you don't shine, somebody else will.
and that's the way it should be.