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Since 2001, Wistron has treat employees the most important capital of the company. Along the way, 80,000 employees, more than 80,000 stories. Let’s read our wonderful stories and enjoy it.

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RD - Steven

Thinking back, when I first came to Beijing as an expatriate, apart from being apprehensive, I was also excited. This is the homeland capital that I had read so much about in textbooks. It is the heri...

RD Steven

As the summer ended, on a slightly chilly night, I sat on the 17th floor balcony of Wistron Kunshan Guest House and watched the busy traffic of Bailu Viaduct in the drizzling rain. The fleeting headlights unlocked a sealed memory. I seemed to have gone back to a time more than a decade ago, when I was only 30 years old. I was a man with dreams and life goals, stepping onto a foreign land, vowing success, and making my family happy.


Thinking back, when I first came to Beijing as an expatriate, apart from being apprehensive, I was also excited. This is the homeland capital that I had read so much about in textbooks. It is the heritage of 5000 years of history. The brave and the gallant have risen to the top in this place. I might be just starting out, but I had every intention to follow in the footsteps of those before me and make something of myself. I knew I was the writer of my own history in the imperial city. Before I knew it, almost 20 years had passed. I have been to every part of the homeland. The magnificent views of the country make every painting pale in comparison. The liveliness of humanity is ever captivating. However, I always seem to have a hole in my heart. I know it comes from missing my family and the contrition of not caring for my wife and daughter.
For an expatriate who goes abroad without family for years, I always miss my family back home. During the daytime, I try to put my best foot forward at work. When night falls, I can’t help but miss my family. But being in a foreign city and the head of my family, I can’t bring myself to moan and must constantly maintain decorum. Therefore, I can only cope with the loneliness in private, and can rarely take any concrete action to deal with it.

Looking at the passing headlights, I had a sudden urge, and so I picked up the phone. It was the seventh day of July on the lunar calendar – Chinese Valentine's Day. I called my loved ones in Taiwan and chatted with them. My daughter laughed, and said it was a surprise that her boring old dad called to chat with them on Chinese Valentine's Day. She said it was kind of romantic. At that moment, I felt that the hole in my heart seemed to be healing. It turned out that even if we were thousands of miles away from each other, a nice greeting could shorten the distance between us. I think that is the most romantic Chinese Valentine's Day that I will have ever had.

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RD - Steven

The Company is putting in a concerted effort to overseas expansion to elevate its influence and become the leading business in the industry for the next few years. This will strengthen the Company’s o...

RD Steven

The Company is putting in a concerted effort to overseas expansion to elevate its influence and become the leading business in the industry for the next few years. This will strengthen the Company’s overall position.


When this task was assigned to me, I was apprehensive, but keen to take it on. After all, this was a brand-new environment that posed numerous challenges. Though I was ambivalent, I thought I might as well try to look forward to it. The only shortcoming was that I had to temporarily leave behind my beloved wife and daughter, which was very difficult for me.


The moment I set foot outside the airport in Beijing for the first time, the metropolis welcomed me with a gust of bone-chilling wind. I was told that there had been heavy snow a few days ago. The tree branches were glazed with ice, and the view was a spectacle of picturesque silver. But stepping on the snow this time was not the enjoyment of a holiday itinerary – I had to live in this place now. In my heart, I was exuberant. But treading on the icy road surface risked an immediate fall. I learned right away that this was the first thing a resident in Beijing should get used to, but I was not. It seemed I had to make an effort to get accustomed to the local life and try to fit in.


The wolfish fighting spirit was at one point a disincentive to me. If you never come across and face the competition, you will never realize the panache and determination of such a culture. To live on green pastures, people will give anything, do everything, mobilize every resource, and do their utmost to meet this goal. It is as much an obsession as it is a spirit. During my long expatriate days, I came to adopt the wolfish fighting spirit. Combined with my original professionalism, I managed to create my own style.


As an expatriate, I suffered through many long nights. The loneliness of being away from my family and the hardships of living in a foreign city have since made an imprint on my mind. This was an opportunity of a lifetime, as well as a challenge. I could not quite put it into words, but the experience was unique, and I was the only person who knew how it felt to live through it.

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PCC - Jenny

I had always been a mommy’s girl when I was living in Taiwan, but I really longed to put everything here aside and leave for a working holiday in Australia. When the company dispatched me to a long-t...

PCC Jenny

I had always been a mommy’s girl when I was living in Taiwan, but I really longed to put everything here aside and leave for a working holiday in Australia.
When the company dispatched me to a long-term overseas post, I was both excited and nervous as I faced an unforeseen future.


After taking the assignment, I began my preparation in Taiwan with my Thai lessons and learning about local cultures. I also got myself ready to miss hometown food and my overseas assignment; and of course, I also began putting together a list of tourist attractions~~~
The most interesting thing was that the factory was located in Thailand’s countryside; from the factory, there was an amazing view of enormous fields. There were even pangolins on the roads; residents nearby were also raising elephant calves, and you could give 20 baht to the owner to feed them bananas yourself - they were just so adorable! And of course, you have to have a drink at Bangkok’s sky bar; light pollution in Thailand is not as bad as in Taipei. It was really hot but was also very quiet.

What I was least accustomed to was sharing rooms with roommates, which happened when there were not enough rooms available at hotels on our business trips. Everyone’s schedules and habits were different. One of my roommates was really a nightmare, who would have three different alarm clocks go off at 5am, but she wouldn’t wake up to turn them off - I think she couldn’t hear them at all! The alarms would continue until 7am. What got me the most was that she would eat spicy dried squid in the bathroom! And when it was my turn to go to the bathroom, I saw armies of ants eating the leftover spicy dried squid, and I had to clean it up! I was really angry and went to change my room right away!

However, I was also lucky to have these experiences so that I could completely give up on a working holiday in Australia. I realized that I am not good with group living - I need to have private space and time. However, no matter if they are good or bad memories, they are all great experiences to me.
When I was working abroad, I’d miss my family and the food back home, and I also worried about the health issue regarding them.


Thai food is really delicious, but when I received a zongzi (Chinese traditional food) that was specially prepared for the Taiwanese staff during that year’s Dragon Boat Festival, it really eased my longing for my homeland~
While living abroad, I had to deal with many things by myself, and I had to quickly learn how to be independent.
While living abroad, I came into contact with different ethnic groups around the world and faced all kinds of cultural shock, but I also found many wonderful new friends when I was learning English. My attitude towards the world underwent tremendous changes.
It’s great to be able to work overseas when you are young; the world out there is enormous. Be more courageous, be stronger, and learn to live alone; even though it may be painful, there will also be amazing memories - every memory will become one of your adventures in life!

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PM - Enya

When my supervisor first invited me to go on an overseas business trip, my mind was very complicated. At first, I was surprised and flattered that my capabilities had been recognized, but soon after, ...

PM Enya

When my supervisor first invited me to go on an overseas business trip, my mind was very complicated. At first, I was surprised and flattered that my capabilities had been recognized, but soon after, endless anxiety ensued.
I had wanted to go overseas and experience different work cultures and norms, because it would be healthy for me to leave my comfort zone and challenge myself. But at the same time, I had four young children at home, who needed me to run the household. I was not sure if they could cope without me.

When I first got to the overseas office, my colleagues were very friendly. My work efficiency was not compromised in any way, and after work, I was free to roam the city as I pleased.
What I always looked forward to was visiting a nearby mall on my day off and spending every last dime of my per diem!
The hardest thing to get used to was the local food. The flavors were vastly different, and at those times, I found myself missing the buffets in Taiwan.

The business trip overseas allowed me to meet different colleagues and get along with people with different personalities. Over the course of our collaboration, I had the chance to consider my shortcomings at work in terms of communication and coordination. I also thought about how I could improve the way I handled problems so that others might feel more comfortable. This would be helpful for our communication at work in the future.

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PM - Amelie

One year, I happened to follow a group of research and development supervisors and the owner on a business trip.

PM Amelie

One year, I happened to follow a group of research and development supervisors and the owner on a business trip.
On our return trip, we stopped at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and suddenly, a huge thunderstorm came in. All flights were cancelled.
And being the most junior staff, I even got lost and couldn’t reach my supervisors! !
At that time, our luggage was all checked-in, and there were no flights that we could stand by for.
I took the small toiletries bag the airport gave us, and just stared ahead blankly in the hall.

The owner of the business group was staying in Chicago for two more days, as he had other arrangements.
So I gathered what courage I could and dialed the phone:

“Boss, I am stuck at the airport. Would it be possible for you to come pick me up and look for a hotel room downtown?”
Boss was probably taking a nap, so he hesitated for three seconds and said, “Oh, okay, sure~”
Then he told me where I should wait for him. A few minutes later, the boss was there to pick me up.
I didn’t have much business travel experience, and it was also my first time in the city. The incident showed that I had pretty poor adaptability.
After we found a hotel for me to stay over, the boss asked how I was planning to go to the airport the next morning.
“I’ll probably ask the receptionist to call a cab for me, or I’ll see if there is an airport shuttle bus,” I said.
Boss thought for a while and said, “Say, I’ll pick you up tomorrow morning, and we can have a chat on the way.”
The next morning, the sky was incredibly clear; the huge thunderstorm yesterday seemed like just a dream.
During the short half hour ride, the boss not only taught me the direction in which I should prepare for my work, he also listened to all the questions which I was afraid to raise, and graciously shared his thoughts.
At that time, I had a really close colleague who was going through a professional bottleneck period, so I also seized the opportunity and asked him, “Boss, would you have time to chat with a certain colleague?”
Boss, with one hand on the steering wheel, and the other hand drinking coffee, nodded assuredly, “Sure, have him make an appointment with my secretary.”
Boss didn’t ask for my reasons, but whenever a colleague needs his opinion, he offers his thoughts. I was deeply impressed by his attitude.
At the boarding gate, I finally met my supervisors, whom I had lost contact with yesterday, and it turned out that they had slept at the airport for the night.
They said I was the luckiest of them all.
How thankful I was for the heavy thunderstorm that day!

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PM - Silver

Come to think of it, I have joined Wistron for almost four years now. I remember that one week after I first joined, I started my very first business trip. I was so looking forward to it and set out w...

PM Silver

Come to think of it, I have joined Wistron for almost four years now. I remember that one week after I first joined, I started my very first business trip. I was so looking forward to it and set out with great excitement. In the following years, I have had to go on business trips to China around 50 percent of the time. Our colleagues in Kunshan foundry have been very supportive. They have always tried to help out as best as they could, especially when I am not in the foundry. Their assistance is imperative in fulfilling many of the customers’ requirements. I have gradually come to accustom to the way we work together. 

The most interesting part about working on overseas assignments is the opportunity to make small trips to different places and experience different cultures and lifestyles. The hardest part to get used to is the internet connection. The restriction imposed by the firewall in China makes it hard to connect to websites that I use at work back home. I am resorted to using VPN for connection, which can be unstable. In the past two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our working trips have been vastly affected. Apart from taking into account the quarantine time, much of our schedule in Taiwan has to be adjusted, despite it having been planned well ahead. Also, I have to deal with the worries of my family and friends, as well as my own insecurity of whether I would catch the disease. Nonetheless, I have to account for all of these variables and make plans as best as possible to focus on my assignment overseas. 

Many may associate luxurious hotels, exotic gourmet and mileage awards with working trips, or fantasize about communicating with foreigners in fluent English and earning the limelight. It is true that one or all of the above may happen. However, more often than not, these are just products of fantasy. On the contrary, learning as much as possible during these trips is the most crucial thing. 

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RD - Jean

Actually, last year, when I first found out I had to go on a business trip, I was upset and quite worried, after all, the global pandemic was still grim and my family was against the idea.

RD Jean

Actually, last year, when I first found out I had to go on a business trip, I was upset and quite worried, after all, the global pandemic was still grim and my family was against the idea. I thought about it and contemplated why the company asked me to due to the necessary business expansion. After thinking it through, I found that it would be a good opportunity for my career as well. While thinking positively as much as possible, I tried to persuade my family to let me go. After the project was finished, I could also pay my parents a visit back home. 

Interestingly, this time, I got to go to a metropolitan area where I had always wanted to but never had the opportunity to-Shanghai. When I started working, I had the desire to go there and get started with nothing. But for some reason, it did not happen and I had to give up. After this business trip, I had more yearning for the place. The thing I could not get used to the most was not being around my family. I could not have dinner with them. But then, after the project was over, I could get together with my aging parents. 

My experience overseas allows me to develop a product and its manufacturing process from a practical point of view. Not only must I design the framework of the product during the development process, I also had to take into account the practical application of production. It is helpful to my development process in the future, as I can also take into consideration the feasibility aspect during the production. During these business trips, the process of providing support has not only enhanced my experience, I am also able to foster a closer relationship with counterparts that I have been liaising with remotely. 

After weighing the pros and cons, the overseas business trips have actually provided us with many advantages. 

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PM - Borong

When it was confirmed that I would be assigned overseas, I felt both excited and somewhat anxious. I was about to embark on an unknown but new exhilarating environment

PM Borong

When it was confirmed that I would be assigned overseas, I felt both excited and somewhat anxious. I was about to embark on an unknown but new exhilarating environment. Although I had studied abroad, but it was the first time I would be working abroad. The destination was Guangdong, China, a place that spoke my language but had a slightly different culture. When I set out on my journey, I had countless imaginations to fill in the information gap, including different simulations for anxiety and circumstances. But when I thought about being able to step out of my comfort zone, the reward of self development and challenging the unknown future, my anxiety about the assignment overseas began to subside. On the contrary, I started to look forward to it and felt quite joyful. 

As the destination of my assignment was Zhongshan, Guangdong, the most interesting part of the city was the Qijiang River bank near Xingzhong Square. There were stalls that set up tables and chairs and served beverages. Chilling out and gossiping with friends by the river bank and chit-chatting with colleagues who were also assigned here while having a cup was splendid. We got to talk about the hardship we faced at work and the reward we reaped. We could also encourage one another and share stories. This was an exotic experience that would otherwise not have happened if I had stayed in Taiwan. However, when the Cantonese rinsed the cutlery, plates and bowls with boiling hot water for disinfection in restaurants, I knew it was something that I had to get used to. Probably after living here for a longer period, I should be able to. 

Having worked in Taiwan, I have got accustomed to the way Taiwanese communicate and think. However, the differences a foreign city presents in terms of culture and education content would leave a different impression. More often than not, working overseas requires more patience in communication to ensure that both parties understand the correct message and accomplish the common goal. In the process, there may be conflict and disagreement. In this regard, it requires more effort to reduce and minimize differences. But once you get through the process, working overseas rewards you with a different kind of growth. No matter where you are assigned to, it is an experience and test. Learning to collaborate with others when you are away from home and cultivating your capability in looking after yourself are the skills you pick up. Wanderers will always go home one day after they are worn out. But before they are, experiencing the trial of working overseas will always bring you different memories. 

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