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

9 Responses to “Tsai Ing-wen: the Turning Point (台灣政治的新起點)”

  1. Thanks for the translation. I’ve posted a link to Twitter about this post.


  2. Thanks, man. It’s a really touching speech.


  3. Yes – I felt very touched, too. Mrs Tsai isn’t usually a formidable speaker, but what she said on Saturday has put an incredible lot of important things and feelings into words.



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