The green point of view is defined mostly by the Japanese and frustration towards the KMT for not being in power when they thought they would be during the CKS and CCK years. It's very common for people from green families to always be standing up for the Japanese and talking about the superiority of the Japanese and talking about the natural high class nature of the Japanese. They don't seem to care about anything the Japanese did on the mainland like killing tons of civilians just to subdue the population, etc. It's none of their business as far as they are concerned.
A friend of mine who studied in England for several years once told me that the only Asian nation of ethnicity that white people respect are Japanese people. Therefore, to her it made no sense for Taiwanese people to become Chinese again. It was better to try to be Japanese. Take up Japanese names, the language, the dress.
It is not just the Lee Tung-Hui generation. Deep behind their preference for the DPP is not just distaste for the KMT because of this or that, it's their preference to be Japanese or to be viewed as an extension of Japan so instead of an extension of China.
It's a short cut to feeling more high class. I can only suggest that you hang around green people more and listen to what they say when the Japanese get brought up. The complaints about 228 and the White Terror are just black marks against the KMT used to justify their reasoning for not wanting to be Chinese. They don't care about the cultural revolution either. That's just a black mark against the CCP that had nothing to do with them.
People are complex and you have to look at the glow in their eyes when the Japanese get brought up. They want to be like them so badly and deny their true heritage.
Betelnut wrote:It's very difficult for people to understand the negative impacts of the Japanese colonial period and how divisive it was on the 2 groups of people later on. It was not just because the Japanese had a better government and ran a tighter ship and all that. Implanting the Japanese superiority complex on the Taiwanese population is the chief reason the green Taiwanese don't want to be Chinese even though they are well aware of who they are, but just don't want to admit to it.
I still don't see any evidence of a Taiwanese superiority complex. Could you give us some tangible examples please?
And your explanation for any aversion to KMT and CCP lacks a few important events: 228, the Cultural Revolution, Tienanmen, etc.
To say it is due to Japanese propaganda 70-100 years ago is a but much.