If you're raising young children then I say that a western country is the best place to be despite the expense. I am so torn between doing what is best for my son and sacrificing his opportunities for a better quality of life. My Thai wife isn't helping matters much, going through bouts of culture shock as she is.
I'm still in my first year of returning home and hanging tough. When I pick my son up from school and he tells me about his day I am reassured that I made the right choice, just not the most comfortable one.