TokyoPlayer, I live here. I’ve lived here for about a year, and I’ll be hear for about two more.
Koxinga, I should note that the feller I was talking to has lived multiple times in Taiwan for several years at a time. He speaks Mandarin and Taiwanese fluently. He would not stop stressing how much he loves this place, as do I, how much he believes that Taiwan deserves to be an independent country, and how much he dislikes the mainland. But that doesn’t change the fact that he feels like enough Taiwanese wouldn’t be willing to fight for this place.
Also, my girlfriend’s family, with home I live, are very green. They are not your standard Taipei blues. If I’m not mistaken they are descendants of benshengren who came here long before the KMT fled to Taiwan. They are still of Chinese origin, from what I understand, but perhaps from Qing Dynasty Chinese here. Her parents first language is Taiwanese, not Chinese, and her grandparents speak Japanese.
I agree that it could be a north-south thing, nonetheless. The guys I know in the south are always talking about the Pan-Blues have little influence outside of the Taipei and surrounding areas (Isn’t that exactly why Ma Ying Jeou is having a “long stay” down south?).
I hope to be moving down south to study Taiwanese history next year, so I’ll be able to see the difference then.
Finally, do you really think that Ma is really set to win the election? I know he gets a push from the KMT allowing indicted politicians to run (since he has been indicted , right?)
This isn’t all either. He’s got the cable car problem here in Taipei, and he also might have a history as a "professional student " snitching to the KMT while a student at Harvard, telling on any students who may be joining
Here’s a comparison of the two men. It seems that Hsieh clearly has the better record, assuming the Taiwanese know it. The KMT’s the party with the chests full of money, though, which may prevail in the end.
Like I said, I’m new to this. I don’t pretend to know what’s going to happen.