Posted by: atarimonos | August 31, 2008

Politics m’dear, politics

Democratic national elections, joy. After having become mildly engrossed in the current U.S. Presidential elections between Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin, I’ve taken to reading up on my Taiwanese politics. From what I can gather (and this could very well change when i’m actually over there) for every one (1) politician there are 14,000 reporters (these statistics may be hyperbolic … I don’t know, i’m not a statistician).

More interesting than this are the recent protests in Taiwan(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7589838.stm) against the incumbent President Ma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Ying-jeou). As the Taiwan Sun reported, “[the protests] came amid worries among some people that Ma’s efforts to boost Taiwan’s economy with China’s help could threaten the island’s sovereignty.” (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20080830-0348-taiwan-massrally.html). A possible example of this was calling Taiwan “China-Taipei” during the recent Olympic games. 

Why am I writing about this? Well, I find it pretty neat that i’ll be “on-island” during these contentious times. Though I plan to step softly about the China-Taiwan issue, I do intend to become at least more aware of what the whole thing is about; rather than relying upon second-hand information. The local politic machinations between the KMT (Kuomintang) and the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) will be intriguing, particularly with respect to Taiwan’s sovereignty from (or dependence upon) Mainland China.

One more thing to look into (forward to?) before my departure in 5 days.

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