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Young Taiwanese uproot to Southeast Asia for pay and prospects

Unemployment at home and rising mainland labor costs prompt shift away from China

Illustration by Eric Chow

TAIPEI -- Eight years after leaving Taiwan with little experience, Bevin Su found himself managing a quality assurance team of more than 700 people at a Nike footwear supplier in Ho Chi Minh City.

"I would never have had the same kind of opportunity if I'd stayed in Taiwan or gone to work in China," Su, 31, told the Nikkei Asian Review. He recently returned to the island for family reasons, but said he would have preferred to stay in Vietnam.

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