Posted by: sea2stars | December 13, 2009

Taiwan Democracy

Last week was a huge election in Taiwan. All over the country, cities were voting for their city council. I don’t know much about the politics of Taiwan’s, it all seems rather complicated to me. Taiwan has been governed by many different countries in the past. The Dutch ruled Taiwan in the 1600’s, then the Quing Dynasty started ruling in 1683, Japan took over in 1895, and then in 1945 the ROC (Republic of China) took over.

I get a little confused about exactly what the Republic of China is. I’m actually not sure that it has been clearly defined. I do know that Taiwan is not ruled by China but by the ROC and that the ROC is a democracy, not communist. From what I have been told by my Taiwanese roommate, Taiwan is it’s own independence nation. China wants to reclaim rule over Taiwan and the name, Republic of China, is a way to currently appease the Chinese government.

Their are two major political parties in Taiwan, Pan-Blue coalition and Pan-Green Coalition. In general the Pan-Blue Coalition thinks that Taiwan should cooperate with China to improve economic ties and favor eventual re-unification. The Pan-Green Coalition wants to formally declare Taiwan’s independence and drop the title of ‘Republic of China.’

All over the country, the night before the election, both parties go out to the streets and rally. The candidates come out and everyone cheers for their party. The interesting thing about the rallying is that both parties share the same street. Jongshong road was separated down the middle by police barricades. Police lined the streets and the political parties were on either side cheering for their party. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many people excited and energized about their political affiliation that they were literally trying to out cheer the other party. It was almost like a junior high basketball game when the teams are so close and all anyone is doing is cheering for their team. It was amazing that their was no animosity toward the other party at all.
Click on the link below for a video
Taiwan Democracy in Action

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