Though I have attempted to get into the election euphoria, I’ve only really started to feel the Taiwan election fever since last week, especially through my twitter timeline which has been on fire thanks to dedicated pundits on the ground, who’ve been relentlessly covering this future historical event. Continue reading Feeling the Taiwan Election Fever Yet?
TaiwanTake compiled a recommended reading list to follow Taiwan politics, with the respective political inclination/affiliation for each source. A good reminder to subject whatever we read to a grain of salt.
Anyone new to the Taiwanese political scene, or any foreign media journalists tasked with reporting about Taiwan would do well keeping an eye on those sources of information.
It took me a while (Taiwan is seriously confusing!) to make the connection that Focus Taiwan, Taiwan Today, the printed bilingual (super useful to practice Chinese!) magazine Taiwan Panorama, etc… were PR outlets of the government (and inherently, the ruling party), so when it clicked, I realized why I sometimes felt that some articles sounded a little quirky or overly self-congratulatory.1 But after all, information coming out of government agencies – from any countries – are bound to carry a nationalistic tone, and Taiwan is no exception, so what I am I even babbling about? Oh yes, it’s nice to be aware. 🙂
Frozen Garlic wrote an article on the Taiwanese take on corruption, drawing a parallel with the practice of honest graft, a concept dating back to 19th century American Political History. The article is a short read and provides an interesting insight into the Taiwanese state of mind.
I once candidly asked a Taiwanese acquaintance about the currently-in-jail ex-president Chen Shui-bian and the scandals he was involved in, and just like in the case of Frozen Garlic, I was fascinated by his reply, along the lines of “It’s ok if he took some money, we can turn a blind eye on it, as long as he pushed the country forward and worked for the common people”.
And now, I am feeling a tad smarter knowing that what he described was a case of honest graft 😎 .