Why is it that most Taiwanese think that all Americans are wealthy people? Most are NOT millionaires ... not even close. We Americans are usually deep in financial debt and have very small bank accounts. What really bothers me is the fact that when you want to rent an apartment the price quoted for rent is much much higher if you are American but not if you are Taiwanese. The same is true for hotel rates.
Believe me when I say, I dearly love Taiwan and it's people. I so want to live in Taiwan forever. However, even on my modest 90,000 NTD annual retirement income it's difficult to live in Taiwan as an American because when land lords see American the price goes up.