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Nov 23, 2007

It's not just identity...

Edit: An article that says there is little question on identity left in the north as well ...

As I was discussing with a friend last night, the ideological battle for Taiwanese centric identity and for Taiwanese sovereignty has already been won in the south -- it's primarily playing itself out in Taipei only.

But that doesn't mean the south will all vote for the DPP. There are lots of people who will say things like, "We're all Taiwanese here, but I think it's time we switched parties in power again. We're all disappointed."

Here's a sarcastic video clip from a local show that sort of encapsulates the general frustration with rhetoric on Taiwanese identity. "You're preaching to the choir, but I want to hear how you'll make things better."

And let's hope Hsieh's focus on the economy can do just that.

1 comment:

Michael Turton said...

Yup. A common conversation.

STUDENT: I support Blue.
MIKE: Oh! So you think Taiwan should be part of China?
STUDENT: No! I am Taiwanese!

Taiwan identity is now mainstream. The interesting thing about that is that as people all see themselves as taiwanese, they may start focusing on public policy.... for once.