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

3 questions about Taiwan’s legislative election

Written by Timothy Rich. With Taiwan’s national elections approaching, attention remains primarily on the likelihood that it will elect its first female president in Tsai Ing-wen. Taiwanese law prohibits the releasing of polls results in the ten days prior to a presidential election, but polls prior to this moratorium consistently show Tsai with a double-digit …

Eroding the Iron Vote: Voices from Taiwan’s military villages

Written by Elisa Tamburo. “Will you vote KMT or DPP in the next elections, grandpa Wang?” I asked my interlocutor. “Of course I will vote for the KMT, are you joking? I am a KMT man myself, you know that!” he answered. Over 90 years old, grandpa Wang is a KMT veteran and a hero. …

The presidential candidates’ statements at the final pre-election forum

Written by James Smyth. The following is my abridged transcription of the three presidential candidates’ statements during the Central Election Commission’s third forum for the candidates to share their views, held January 8, 2016. The candidates each gave three 10-minute statements, and their order of rotation was determined by lottery. The video is available here. …

Leaders misunderstand global ties

Written by Bruce Jacobs. The presidential debates and other evidence suggest that many Taiwanese leaders do not understand international politics. For example, a leader emphasizing the importance of the nation’s remaining diplomatic allies betrays their failure to comprehend the true nature of Taiwan’s advantages and disadvantages in the international arena. The most important international law …

KMT whip’s challenger aims to redefine him

Written by Solidairty.tw. A couple weeks ago I wrote that KMT caucus whip Lai Shyh-bao (賴士葆) was following the same strategy as his primary challenger, independent City Councilor Lee Ching-yuan (李慶元)—focusing on quality-of-life issues—only loude

James Soong’s utopian vision

Written by Solidarity.tw. I recently visited the campaign office of People First Party (PFP) chairman and presidential candidate James Soong (宋楚瑜) and asked for materials about his policies. The pamphlets I received showed that Soong, whose cons

Taiwan’s democracy grows stronger as KMT falters

Written by Bruce Jacobs. Polls strongly suggest that Taiwan’s vibrant democracy will have its third change of government in 16 years when elections are held on 16 January. The first change of government took place in 2000 when the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the presidency against the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), which had split …

Mind Your Language: Why Taiwan Isn’t the Provocateur in the Taiwan Strait

Written by J. Michael Cole British author George Orwell, one of the greatest polemicists ever to have put ink to paper, once wrote that “Orthodoxy, of whatever colour, seems to demand a lifeless, imitative style.” In that same essay (“Politics and the English Language”), Orwell also observed that “if thought corrupts language, language can also …

Is it ok to say Taiwan?

Written by Saša Istenič. Last month the Ljubljana City Library organized a Week of Chinese Culture, consisting of a rich programme of events prepared in cooperation with various institutes, including the Embassy of the PRC and the University of Ljubljana’s Department of Asian Studies – my working institution. I also agreed to contribute a free …