Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

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Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Petah » 12 Jan 2009, 13:58

Something I found over the years is that most foreigners in Taiwan are usually pro-green rather than pro-blue. Do you guys find that to be the case? Or is it just my experience?

Why do you think that is? I'm looking for real answers...not the usual KMT-bashing rhetorics.

My guess is that DPP has traditionally pushed for a democratic values in Taiwan...which is probably more consistent with what many Americans/Canadians/British..etc are used to back home. Also KMT...the "bia niang lao dian"....is a lot more beauruacratic which a lot of westerners hate.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Anyone for Tiffin? » 12 Jan 2009, 14:49

I'm not pro DPP or KMT as they both seem to be a set of nest feathering, lying, corrupt numpties, just like our idiots back home in Old Blighty :loco:
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Poagao » 12 Jan 2009, 14:52

I'm sure there's another thread on this somewhere, but I'll sum it up for you by omitting all the back-and-forth accusations and other vulgarity that inevitably occurs when this subject is discussed: yes, and don't ask why.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 12 Jan 2009, 14:53

But I would guess not as much as they used to be.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Chris » 12 Jan 2009, 15:07

When the KMT was in charge I was pro-DPP. When the DPP was in power, I was pro-KMT.

Now that the KMT have come into power and the memories of Chen are still fresh in my mind, I am pro-neither.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby TheLostSwede » 12 Jan 2009, 15:51

Anyone up for starting the Forumosa party :D
This country is seriously in need of some fresh blood when it comes to politics.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Deuce Dropper » 12 Jan 2009, 16:04

Chris wrote:When the KMT was in charge I was pro-DPP. When the DPP was in power, I was pro-KMT.

Now that the KMT have come into power and the memories of Chen are still fresh in my mind, I am pro-neither.


I agree with this. In 2000 I thought the change to DPP would be refreshing (they were seen by many foreigners as 'fighting the good fight' and we had some love for them), but they turned out to be a bunch of bumbling morons who couldn't get anything done. KMT is much better for business, so most foreigners are happy to see them back.

If Chen had of lost in 2000 (he won because of a pan-blue split) he could have won in 2004 and been better prepared and probably a better leader. I don't think the DPP expected to win in 2000 and they were making it up as the went along as a result, all the while still behaving like an under-respected opposition party.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby sandman » 12 Jan 2009, 16:06

You also have to remember that the vast majority of foreigners here have a very, very sketchy knowledge of Taiwanese politics.
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Buttercup » 12 Jan 2009, 16:13

sandman wrote:You also have to remember that the vast majority of foreigners here have a very, very sketchy knowledge of Taiwanese politics.


But the DPP is fweeeeedom, no? (Shows arse to mucky Scotsmen)
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Re: Most Foreigners are anti-KMT?

Postby Lil' Slugger » 12 Jan 2009, 16:17

I like to think I'm not as naive as I once was about politics (both here and back home), but I'm probably much more green-leaning than my in-laws who still look to Chiang Kai-shek as an admirable figure.
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