Dog's_Breakfast wrote:Betelnut, your analysis was pretty accurate, but I'd like to add that a factor that pushes a lot of westerners into the Green camp is the newspaper they read - The Taipei Times - which might as well be renamed The DPP Times. Offsetting that would be The China Post except that I think hardly anyone besides short-term tourists and students learning English actually read it. Between the two papers, I actually find the China Post slightly less biased, but that's probably because it's almost entirely bland wire-service news with the occasional hit-piece against the DPP on the editorial page - their bias is more in what they don't publish rather than what they do. The Taipei Times, by contrast, is actually much better written and more interesting, but it's blatant anti-KMT and anti-China throughout right down to which letters to the editor they will publish (half of which seem to be written by Charles Hong of Columbus, Ohio - I wonder if he owns the newspaper, or maybe his parents do).
Anyway, my point is that people are easily persuaded by newspaper propaganda. That's hardly unique to Taiwan. I think of Fox News and AM hate-talk radio (ie Rush Limbaugh) in the USA, both of which outdo the old Pravda ("Truth" in Russian) in the now extinct USSR. The much-ballyhooed "free press" in the USA is actually quite pathetic, which tempers my criticism of Taiwan's mostly ridiculous news media.
Chris wrote:For being on the supposed "left" side of the political spectrum, I found the DPP to be too puritanical, too xenophobic and too Hoklo-supremist. They were also overly obsessed with changing the names of things, and anything CKS was fair game for targeting, including the CKS Memorial Hall. I also found them to go too far for comfort on the Taiwan Independence movement.
headhonchoII wrote:If the KMT gave up talking about Taiwan equalling China and stopped paying off the soldiers and government officials with special deals, apologized properly for their former crimes, prosecuted their corrupt officials equally, returned all stolen property back to people in Taiwan and stopped constantly favoring big and polluting businesses and promoted more environmental protection then they would get more support.
And yes I don't think the DPP as it stands is a great alternative either.