Archive for November 27th, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tsai Ing-wen: the Turning Point (台灣政治的新起點)

Tsai Ing-wen, Xinbei speech, November 27, 2010

Tsai Ing-wen, November 27 (click on this picture for Youtube video)


These six month of campaigning in Xinbei City have been the proudest time of my life. The citizens of Xinbei have turned me from a university professor, a member of the elite, into a politician close to the people, who could naturally interact with the people, love the people, and feel the feelings of the people. I really want to thank the citizens of Xinbei, thank you.”



I hope you will grow in strength, and I hope that the Democratic Progressive Party will grow in strength. We must be strong citizens, strong Taiwanese, with strong political parties, because this country is a country with great difficulties, with many challenges. Each one of us needs to be strong, each of us needs to believe in himself, in Taiwan, and in democracy.


We conducted a campaign with political content. We have compelled the KMT to follow up on policies with far-reaching implications for Taiwan’s society, such as public welfare, housing, and urban redevelopment, of which Taiwanese society is in urgent need. We hope that we have expressed these amply in this campaign, we also hope that the KMT, the party now in power, will take these issues seriously, and that it will address the problems Taiwan’s society is facing.


I would like to tell everyone that in these elections, we have all played our part. We haven’t conducted an excited, a blue-vs-green campaign, but a campaign of political views, with a vision, and with passion, and in this campaign, we have all grown up.


Many, many people have invested into this campaign, including small  contributions […], and it may be the first time in the history of elections in Taiwan that so many people contributed small amounts to one campaign of one nominee. We also made thorough use of the internet to have a dialogue with young people, and there have been the efforts of many, many volunteers, helping us to start a new, fresh, unburdened way of campaigning which we want to continue with confidence. As I said, we haven’t lapsed into the pattern of a blue-green showdown, and not even been unto the shadows of ethnic antagonism. We have striven for the spirit of citizen participation, to find a consensus everyone could agree to.


I believe that this is a new turning point for Taiwanese politics. I said that I wanted to create a new political culture in Taiwan. I believe we have done that in this election campaign, with our supporters. Thank you all for sticking to the campaign, for staying with us, for your efforts for our promise. It doesn’t matter that we weren’t successful this time. We will be back, and if we still wouldn’t be successful, we will be back again, and one day, we will succeed. Thank you all.



Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Xinbei mayoral candidate in the 2010 Municipal Elections and chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (民主進步黨, DPP), thanking her supporters in Xinbei on November 27, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Photos: Taiwan Municipal Election Campaign

Taiwanese employees who are eligible to vote are entitled to a one-day holiday on Saturday, according to the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法), the Council of Labor Affairs (勞委會) reminded the public on Thursday. It could make sense for people who do work on Saturdays, and in working places  away from the ones where they are registered. That happens frequently.

Mr Tseng (this seems to be his name) may not take a day off – he’s apparently self-employed. One of his neighbors, a German journalist, hasn’t seen him without his campaign-vest in the past few weeks (see first photo of this post). But if elected, Mr Tseng will still be around in his neighborhood. After all, he’s running for borough chief.

A KMT candidate named Lee Hsin will keep (or make) the schoolyards safe. But how can kids attend school with peace of mind if there will be no more drugs? (See second photo.) Anyway, the picture suggests that it could be true that KMT candidates are currently angrier than DPP candidates.

A DPP candidate promises CHANGE. I can’t read the first promises, but “GE” stand for guts and energy (photo 3).

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