Hello, thanks for your question!
I’m not sure how to describe my feelings. I’ve been to Taiwan nearly a dozen times before, but it was usually 1-3 weeks long. I was also young, and the objective was mainly to see my family.
Now that I aim to be here for 3+ years, it certainly feels different. Most of the time, I feel normal. I’m used to Taipei city life now. It’s only when I’m away from city life when I feel a woo factor.
I’m taking my time exploring here, but the day-to-day living is already helping me connect with my roots. My Mandarin is improved a lot, Taiwanese not so much. I’m not reacting to differences in culture as much. Culture here is very different. That’s a post in itself.
It’s still difficult making friends with locals without another person introducing us. I’ve tried randomly on the subway, or in a restaurant. People are pretty taken aback. I feel it will actually be easier if I didn’t look Taiwanese.
Dating is different here. My current girlfriend is more Taiwanese than western (no shit, Sherlock). We’re both learning to cope with cultural differences.