Not so JChen! Taiwan or Chinese Taipei doesn't get very much government support for badminton (similar to Canada and the US), and thus it's very difficult for players to make a worthwhile living playing badminton there. Taiwanese students told me this because I asked them why Chinese Taipei was so weak compared to the other asian power houses. Japan is also another asian country that gives very little support for their professional players. So considering that their players are dealing with similar problems as our Canadian and US national players, I believe they are EXTREMELY good to be able to play near par with the worlds best.