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March 16 DPP Rally

As we pulled into the gas station, this KMT sound truck screamed inanities at us. In Hell the sound trucks run 24-7, and they play pro-KMT music.
Yesterday the family went to the big rally an Gencheng Park in Taichung. Snagged some great Hsieh paraphenalia, and soaked up some that powerful pro-Taiwan feeling.

I snapped this pair [...]

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Bits and Pieces

A Ma-Siew election poster promises 6% economic growth, GDP per capita of US$30,000, and unemployment below 3%. So our “return to the good old days” consists of achieving growth targets already hit in 2004 and 2007. Per capita GDP is already over $30,000 on a PPP basis. I suspect by following China’s lead, the KMT [...]

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Jamestown Foundation Backgrounder on Election

Michael Hsiao, the well-known sociologist and advisor to administrations in Taiwan, has a nifty overview of the election and the two candidates at the Jamestown Foundation. Among the highlights:
To Ma, the issue of Taiwan’s “national” identity is more complicated and still burdened by the legacy of the Chinese civil war between the KMT and the [...]

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Ma China Times Ad Says Taiwan’s Fate is for Taiwanese to Decide

Feiren alerted me to this ad by KMT Presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou on the second page of the China Times to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law. Feiren did a quickie translation of it:
We firmly hold that Taiwan’s future must be decided by people of Taiwan.Defend the Republic of China’s sovereignty and firmly [...]

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The Flow of Crap: Day 3: BBC’s Alternate Universe (UPDATE 1)

I’ve decided to have one post like this each day, where we put the latest media fun, updated as the day goes on.
Today maddog alerted me to this report from BBC’s alternate universe. That’s the universe where, two years later, you can still read on their Taiwan timeline that Chen Shui-bian devolved his powers onto [...]

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And so..the flow of crap continues Day 2

A-gu just emailed me to inform me that my dream had come true: Jane Rickards has another slanted piece in the Washington Post. The reason he said that is because last night I had emailed several people saying I couldn’t wait for the inevitable dreck from Rickards, and sure enough, it’s out today, right on [...]

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And so….the flow of crap begins…..

For the last month or so, as the parade of journalists reviews our elections here, I’ve been bracing for the stories. You know, the klewless, shallow, I’ve-just-parachuted-in stuff that marks the very worst the international media can produce, stuff that mainlines KMT talking points and causes errors we had thought killed to rise, zombie-like, from [...]

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Seen around the Web

With 700 reporters descending on the island to cover our elections, plenty of media coverage of Taiwan can be expected in the next few weeks. Max Hirsch at Kyodo has a long study of the UN referendum mess:
FOCUS: Taiwan politicians prepare for doomed referenda as election nears
With Taiwan’s March 22 presidential election just days away, [...]

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Three From the Hsieh Campaign

As the election crescendo approaches, things are flying into my mailbox thick and fast: first, three more from the Hsieh Campaign:
Taiwan’s Creative Shift
For the KMT, the development of industry was all about information hardware at the expense of support for technological creativity. Factory owners were provided support when buying machinery, but in terms [...]

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Pictures and Text

Saw some new posters out there on the way to the train station today, though the DPP has too many of the old posters up. Need some new styles! In Taichung Ma Ying-jeou has some nice new posters that are very localized. Also making an appearance are some ominous black ones that call on readers [...]

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Hsieh Rebuttal of Ma Claims

A friend is translating some of the Hsieh campaign’s economic and trade policy ideas, along with their rebuttals of KMT claims. Here’s one on the KMT nonsense that the declining volume of the port of Kaohsiung is a result of DPP mismanagement. As the excerpt points out, the decline began under Veep candidate Siew….
The Port [...]

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Can Hsieh Win? Cargo Cult KMT. And other Musings.

Ma and Siew look down on Taichung.
Marc reminds me that there is only 1 day left in the competition to get Taipei into the Global Monopoly edition ( In this way generations of children in the future will learn that Taipei 101 is indeed, in Taipei. D from the City of the Stampede writes me [...]

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Angus Reid Slanted Backgrounder on Election

Check out the totally biased backgrounder at the Angus Reid Election Monitor website on the Taiwan Election. Straight from the KMT publicity machine. The opening paragraph will be a special joy for longtime fans of pro-KMT media bias. I sent them the following letter:
Dear Angus Reid Monitor:
I recently read your discussion of the upcoming presidential [...]

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Words from Outside Taiwan

Plenty of words directed at the Beautiful Isle today. First Lee Teng-hui, as so often, commenting in the Japanese press, reported by the trusty CNA:
Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election is very significant because its outcome will have a profound impact on Taiwan’s future, former President Lee Teng-hui was quoted as saying by a Japanese writer.
According to [...]

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Notes from Taipei

Apologies for the lack of blogging — been spending a ton of time in Taipei this week. Much to report….
Speaking of Taipei, the NYTimes has an article on Taipei as a travel destination (hat tip to reader JS).
TAIPEI, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, distills the best of what Asian cities have to offer — great [...]

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