The Unifying Themes Behind ‘Black Island’ and ‘The Convenient Illusion of Peace’

Written by J. Michael Cole I distinctly remember the feeling that something had shifted, that a new, undefined force had installed itself in Taiwan. It was in the air, in the glimmer of determination that showed in the young protesters’ eyes. That was the summer of 2012, following a major rally against a pro-Beijing Taiwanese …

Why Did the Ruling KMT Suffer a Humiliating Defeat in Taiwan’s 2016 Presidential Elections?

Written by T.Y. Wang. Taiwan concluded its 2016 combined presidential and legislative elections on January 16. In a three-way presidential race, Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who was rejected by voters four years ago, won a landslide victory to become Taiwan’s first female president. Her opponent, Eric Chu of the ruling …

Contradictions facing President Tsai Ing-wen

Written by Linda Gail Arrigo. Tsai Ing-wen’s election landslide with 56% of the popular vote, nearly double that of the KMT’s Eric Li-luan Chu at 31%, and a sizeable majority in the national legislature to boot, is largely due to the failure of traditional KMT supporters to vote, and somewhat less due to the transmutation of …

Green Taiwan vis-à-vis China’s the Red Supply Chain

Written by Chun-Yi Lee. On January 16 2016, Taiwan’s politics experienced its third turnover of ruling parties. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen won over the vote with 56.1 %, becoming the first female president in Taiwan. The DPP not only had a sweeping victory in the presidential election result, but also …

Why Beijing Needs to Work with Tsai Ing-wen

Written by Yu-Hua Chen. The result of 2016 Taiwan presidential election has come out and, not surprisingly, the candidate of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide victory against the Kuomintang candidate Eric Chu (6.8 million votes against 3.8 million). More importantly, in the Legislative Yuan the DPP holds 68 seats out …

Undoing An Undemocratic Anachronism: It’s Time To Elect Taiwan’s Premier

Written by Ben Goren. January 16th 2016 turned out to be a very good day for Asia’s most robust, and well-functioning, democracy.  Taiwan went peacefully and orderly to the polls (albeit with a significantly lower turnout) and brought about a number of political firsts in the sixth direct Presidential and ninth Legislative Yuan elections. Tsai …

The two sides of the Strait need each other, regardless who rules in Taipei

Written by Michael Reilly. Today, Taiwanese voters go to the polls. The campaign has so far gone largely unnoticed in a world preoccupied with unrest in the Middle East, a slowing Chinese economy and emerging market debt. But the likely winner will be Tsai Ing-Wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party or DPP. The last time …

How will Beijing respond to a Tsai presidency?

Written by Pascal Abb. On January 16, Taiwanese voters are widely expected to effect the third change in government since the R.O.C.’s full democratization, with the main open questions being the exact margin of DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s victory, the order in which her two opponents from within the pan-blue camp will place, and most …

The bigger they are: Statues seen and unseen across the Strait

Written by Scott Pacey. After death, historic figures maintain their political presence through statues, and continue to cast their gaze over new social and political landscapes. Sometimes they outstay their welcome, as demonstrated by the fate of numerous Lenin and Stalin statues across Eastern Europe. The biographies of statues, quite apart from the figures they represent, …

Incumbent loses his cool in race against rock star

Written by Solidarity.tw. When the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) declined to nominate a candidate for Taipei 5—which consists of Wanhua District (a historic Taiwanese community featured in the 2010 hit movie Monga) and most of Zhongzheng Di