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Methinks that it is especially difficult for Westerners to get significant
experience in those countries and I would venture to say that you would
serve yourself best were you to remain where you are (perhaps with another
employer or perhaps in a related but different occupation). Unless, of
course, you have some driving interest (relatives, etc.) that are leading
you to become interested in India.
By staying where you are, you can build on the significant knowledge and
experience that you have developed (which is expensive to develop; companies
pay a lot for that). This further 'building' of your cross-cultural skills
is nothing to be sneezed at.
Me also thinks that the comments that were given by Peter Lewicke (below)
and Geoff Hart (elsewhere in this thread) were good.
Should it work out that you do go to India, be aware that the culture is
quite different and unless you already have a good experience living there
under your belt, you will be a 'newbie' (not unlike your first 1 to 2 years
in China) from the point of view of other expats and the Indians with whom
you will have to get along and learn about.
Should it be that your possible interest in living in India arises out of
simple curiosity and 'wanderlust', my advice would be that you should try to
satisfy this thirst for information by reading books and writings of people
who have been there , first , and see where that leads.
There is a Chinese saying 'shu2 neng2 sheng1 qiao3' (Not sure whether I
got the tones right) which translates as 'practice makes perfect'.
Peter Lewicke wrote
--- Sandy Harris wrote:
> I've done some tech writing in the past, and been on
> this list a while, but the last five years I've been teaching English or
> Computer Science in China. I'm a Canadian, but enjoy travel and the
> expat life. Now I'm ready to move on, I'd even like to get real
> job again, but I'm not really wanting to leave Asia.
> The obvious possibility would be India, probably Bangalore.
With that background, I assume that you speak, read,
and write Chinese reasonably well. I think that you
should consider working for companies in China or
Taiwan as a technical writer, editor, or translator. I
looked into that a few years ago and there was
considerable demand for technical writers in Taiwan
and elsewhere in East Asia.
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