“The three firms that employ me probably have no idea that one of their freelance analysts is homeless,” he said.
At night, still dressed in his business suit, Wang heads to McDonald’s to sleep, using a table as a pillow. He said that this has been his daily routine for the past 370 days.
Wang said he is trying to pick himself up, facing life with optimism and continuing to look for new opportunities as he takes up odd jobs to support himself.
Though it is hard, he said he tries to stay positive, even when misfortune strike again. For example, two months ago, he found a job as a substitute worker in a rotating shift in seven libraries in New Taipei City (新北市).
However, while heading to work at a library in Tamsui District (淡水), Wang was in a traffic accident and suffered a leg injury that saw him hospitalized for several days.
“I will not be knocked down. With my determination, I will make my comeback,” he said.
“Having gone through these hard times has opened my eyes to the abundance of friendship and warmth of the people in Taiwan. If I was down and out in Vietnam or in China, I would have been finished a long time ago,” Wang said.
“Taiwan is an amazing country. We get landslides whenever it rains and are hit by earthquakes, but even when the land is crumbling under our feet, people’s hard work keeps the nation together,” Wang said.
“No wonder that renowned Japanese economist Ohmae once said that of all the countries he has been to, Taiwan is the most adept at dealing with misfortunes and believing in its destiny,” he said.