Friday, June 05, 2009
CSB daughter named as defendent
TAIPEI (AFP) — The daughter of former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian has been named a defendant in a corruption case that has embroiled the ex-leader and his closest kin, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Chen Hsing-yu was suspected of perjury for giving conflicting testimony during a probe into alleged embezzlement by former president Chen, said a spokesman for the prosecution.
That's great to see some progess in CSB corruption case. Everyone knows the whole family is dirty. It is good to see the ROC justice system conduct a through investigation on the whole family to make sure future politicians don't feel they can just abuse their position for personal gain in such a blatant manner.
Forumosa.com a bad forum
Well thank you all for your support and remember as long as you remember Forumosa.com TaiwanPpolitics section is suppose to be a Taiwan Independence safe haven you shouldn't run a foul with the mods there.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Li Ao Bejing University Speech, Part II
How come they did not roll out the red carpet?
I need to tell everyone, before starting this lecture Mr. Liu Zhang Le told me, finally I asked him, and he was shocked. I asked are they rolling out the red carpet when I enter? He said no. Clinton got it, Lein Chan got it, you don’t get it. I asked why? He said, Beijing University is treating you as an Academic Lecturer, so there is no red carpet. Principal, is this your intention? I said okay. I will be an Academic Lecturer. If it is a good speech it will be an Academic Lecture. If it is a bad speech, I'll stop in the middle, there will still be time to roll out the red carpet.
Why did I have to said like that? Or else people will say Beijing University is snobbish. Why not give Li Ao the red carpet treatment? How is it official, or how to you determine it’s a political lecture and roll out the red carpet? As I am here many people’s eyes are on me, thinking Li Ao criticized the KMT, criticized the DPP, criticized the Americans, criticized the Japanese. Today he came to Beijing University, will he dare criticize the CCP? Many people have doubts, taking pleasure at my possible misfortunes while looking at me. I tell you, I will not criticize the CPP first. I will first praise the joint effort of the CCP and KMT to overthrowing Northern Warlords. Does everyone know why the Northern Warlords? How did Beijing University come about? The Northern Warlords. How did a person called Cai Yuan Pei become Beijing University's Principal? At the time he was of the KMT party. It was the Northern Warlords. The Northern Warlords had the tolerance to put the Nation's best University under the control of the enemy, a member of their number one political enemy at the time. Now we criticize the Northern Warlords. What qualifications do we have to criticize the Northern Warlords? We must not criticize them, but we must evaluate them from a historical perspective.
(More tomorrow, maybe)
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Li Ao Beiing University Speech
We finally get to meet me, host, principals, officers, VIP, teachers, and students.
Am I nervous coming here to make a speech? I am nervous, standing in front of a large audience in the auditorium. Many people here can control a mighty military, but you allow me to speak a few words. I would shrink and not dare speak, for what reason? Cowards! When Americans won the Civil War between the North and South, General Grant, who controlled a mighty military force, was presented a medal by President Lincoln. He was allowed to speak a few words, but he didn’t say a word. Why? Because he was afraid of the situation, and froze when he was about to speak.
Roasting of Lien Chan
A few nights ago I wrote a story. At Beijing University a female student enters a small room. All of sudden she see a boy in the room mumbling something while pacing about. She asked “What are you doing?” The boy replied, “I’m preparing for a speech.” The girl asked in response, “Where are you giving the speech?” The boy in return says, “At Beijing University.”
“Are you nervous?” The girl asked.
“No I am not.” The boy replied
“If you are not nervous, why are in you in the girls restroom?” The girl asked.
This is the man Lien Chan.
Taiwan has a famous singer, Cui T'ai ching. You guys don't know the meaning of 3 words making up the name. Cui is as in “Bullshiting.” T'ai as in “Taiwanese.” Ching as in “Youth.” Taiwan depends on confusion, depends on bullshitting. Especially confusing young people. That's the type of person Lien Chan is. He can try to deceive other people, but he cannot deceive us. He can deceive you, like he tried the last time he came here. Today's very important to understand is you perceived Lien Chan speech reflected on him being a good person. I'm here to warn you, you may be very disappointed today, why? Because I have no way within 1 hour to change your opinion, because you've all been tricked by Lien Chan, it is very difficult for me to change your opinion around.
I'm here to complain about one person, the person is my boss. Phoenix Television's Mr. Liu Zhang Le. Why do I want to complain about him? He sent me to Beijing because I demanded it. Sorry, after seeing you all I've reverted to my native accent. Coming to Beijing, but I'm already on the mainland, on Phoenix Television speaking on over 400 channels. You are all fairly familiar with me, looking at me with familiar eyes. I will succeed in today's speech, this is very difficult, you guys don't fully understand Lien Chan. You saw him right? Therefore you are familiar with me, this is very difficult for me. It's all the fault of the boss Mr. Liu Zhang Le. So that's my complaint for the day.
Now we start on the topic, Roman Catholic Pope said something once. He said when you give a speech one cannot use drafts. Why can’t you use notes? Using notes means you cannot remember. If you cannot remember, how do you expect the audience to remember? Your speech disappears. People will see no notes, no little slips of paper with reminders. But I did bring some evidence (props), which I will use later in the speech.
(more tommorow maybe)
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Racist comments about Taiwan
The Sino-Japanese relationship has deteriorated lately as a result of Japanese textbooks -- which critics say whitewash its war record last century -- and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Now, the resulting Chinese nationalism has also infected unification proponents in Taiwan. Afraid of antagonizing China, Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has decided to postpone a visit by Tokyo Mayor Shintaro Ishihara that was meant to promote Japanese tourist visits to Taipei.
Unless the author has been ill informed Taiwan is really the Republic of China. Chinese Nationalism has always been part of the ROC. In fact, many Hoklos on Taiwan consider themselves to be Chinese.
In addition the action of Mayor Ma are not about displeasing PRC. South Korea and PRC have both officially complained to Japan about their history books, in addition to RIC complaints.
Mayor Ma postponed the visit could have also been attributed to recent flare ups between Japanese Coast Guards and Taiwan fishing boats over disputed territory over Diaoyutai.
Ma is not the only one influenced by Chinese nationalism. It has now affected independent Legislator May Chin (高金素梅) as well. The difference is that Chin opposes both Japan and Taiwanese independence under the cover of her Aboriginal status. She has now led a group of descendants of Aboriginal soldiers who served in the Japanese army to Japan to demand that the names of Aboriginal soldiers be removed from the Yasukuni Shrine.
The author once again is confused. Chinese nationalism is very much part of Taiwan society. It is Taiwan Independence and Taiwan Identity, which is relatively new in Taiwan.
By the terms of the 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki, these Taiwanese soldiers -- as well as their fellow Han servicemen -- became Japanese. They died on the battlefield for Japan, and the Japanese government, treating them as the emperor's warriors, included them in the reverence paid at the shrine. There is nothing wrong with that.
If the aboriginal Taiwanese and Han servicemen were pressed into service as second-class Japanese citizens, perhaps it is also the rights of their descendents to decide who should and who should not worship them.
There is something wrong if one cannot protect the dignity of one's ancestors. If one has an objection of having an ancestor being associated with known War Criminals, it should not be an issue to have the name of one’s ancestors removed.
Chin's appeals are also understandable. Since Taiwan already has become an independent country, these Taiwanese soldiers in the Japanese army are no longer second-rate colonial citizens of the Japanese empire. Their souls already have a motherland. If their descendants demand that the Japanese government remove their names from the Yasukuni Shrine and return them to their old homeland, the Japanese should not put up obstacles, but help them achieve their wishes.
The last part of the paragraph makes sense. The first part of the paragraph is in some sort of quasi denial. The aboriginal Taiwanese names are forever enshrined in a monument dedicated to memorial of their servitude to the Japanese Empire.
May Chin's visit to Japan is controversial in Taiwan because everyone here knows that she is simply a pro-unification politician who often hides beneath the cloak of her Aboriginal status. It was director Ang Lee's film The Wedding Banquet that raised her to stardom. The daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Mainlander father, she had always been unwilling to reveal that she was half Aboriginal, and few people knew her background. That changed after the government relaxed the conditions for recognition of Aboriginal decent, allowing it to flow either from the maternal or the paternal line. She took her mother's maiden name to create a double-barreled surname, entered a campaign for the legislature as a recognized Aborigine and got elected with a large majority.
What does May’s past career and political position on the Strait Issue have anything to do with Japan’s WWII war crimes and treatment of Aboriginal Taiwanese? The fact of the matter is she is of aboriginal descent, she objects to fact Aboriginals were pressed into servitude to serve in the Japanese military, and their names are now enshrined with War Criminals.
Since May Chin's father is a Mainlander, it's not surprising that she never fails to echo the pan-blue camp's political arguments, but she does this as though she is representing the Aboriginal community. Of course, it's not politically correct to interpret May Chin's actions based on her ethnic background. But in Taiwan, this can often prove quite a objective standard. The question is whether May Chin is qualified to speak for the Aboriginal community.
Not only is it not politically correct to question someone’s motivation based on ethnic heritage. It is just plain racist. Is the author trying to justify racism on Taiwan?
The absurdity of the situation is that many Aborigines are unaware that their ethnic identity is in danger of being usurped. For example, the Paiwan and Rukai tribes in Pingtung take the hundred-pace snake as their totem. The offspring of Mainlander veterans and Paiwan and Rukai women often opt for Aboriginal status, but when they return home for tribal festivals, the hundred-pace snake has been replaced by the Chinese dragon in their ceremonial regalia.
The absurdity of this comment is that everyone on Taiwan has gone through Sinification for thousands of years. Waves of Han Chinese immigrated to Taiwan and brought over Chinese culture for thousands of years. Only recent politics have tried to vilify the most recent wave of Chinese immigrants due to the lost of the mainland to the CCP.
It is worrying to see that the totem of the Aboriginal people is being replaced by a Chinese symbol. This makes us think of Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chan's recent remark that Shanghai women should marry foreigners to help spread Chinese culture around the world. That Chinese are able to advocate interracial marriage as a tool of cultural conquest is really quite frightening.
This is the most Sino-phobic paragraph I have read in awhile. A-mei a famous Chinese singer of aboriginal descent has no problems with being Sinicized, all her album are for the most part in Mandarin.
As for the Jackie Chan comment, ever heard of “yellow fever” where non-Asian males have a fetish for Asian females. It is the most common fetish in North American concerning inter-racial relationship. It is not as if Jackie Chan is promoting a phenomenon that doesn’t exist. He is just promoting the trend as being positive for Chinese culture.
Once again this editorial is a prime example on the racist mindset of Taiwan Independence.
There is a double standard being applied. He implies that it is okay for Japan to treat Taiwanese aboriginals during the colonial period brought on by an Unfair Treaty, but it is not okay for Sinicization to occur on Taiwan over thousands of years of Han immigration, let alone through ROC take over after Japanese surrender in 1945.
In addition, the author criticizes aboriginal right to protest Japan’s encroachment on their dignity. But is deafening silent on the most recent news of Hoklo Taiwanese problems with Japanese Coast Guards over fishing rights in disputed territories over Diaoyutai.
Does the author believe only Hoklo Taiwanese have to right to protest Japan encroachment on Taiwan dignity? And that mixed individual of Aboriginal and WSR descent are really 3rd class citizens on Taiwan.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
The Beginning of a Totalitarian State
NA begins new session today amid high hopes
As the assembly prepares to vote on the president's first wave of constitutional reforms, Chen yesterday called on his ruling Democratic Progressive Party National Assembly delegates to toe party line and vote in support of constitutional amendment package.
"There can be no dissenting or miscast votes," the president said, rallying the troops.
Chen said the constitutional amendments in the package, such as halving the nation's legislature and setting up a two vote system within a single seat electoral district, would have an impact on the DPP and there would be a period of adjustment.
"But everyone must cast aside their individual interests and the interests of political parties for the sake of long term national security and Taiwan's everlasting development," Chen said.
DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang also urged the delegates to toe the party line when voting on the constitutional amendments.
"No people should be absent from the voting, not one single vote should be in dissent," Su said.
Chen asked the delegates several times if anyone disagreed with the reforms.
When they all answered: "No", the president asked them to raise their right hands and pledge to vote in support of the reforms.
Doesn’t these scenes remind a person of a similar one in the movie, Star Wars Episode III, where the chancellor declares for the sake of security he must be anointed Emperor. In response Natalie Portman states, “This is how liberty dies. In thunderous applause.”
So is Taiwan Independence a movement about individual liberty and interest, or is a movement to consolidate power for the minority interest group, namely Taiwan Independence movement.
If the DPP party line was so self evident, so compelling, what is the point of going through this indoctrination process akin to the Nazi of Germany? Why would the president of ROC ask party members to give up their individual freedom to choose?
DPP threatens to sue as candidate makes allegations
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials yesterday warned that the party would take legal action against members who make false accusations about the DPP's primary race.
"We can understand that candidates are highly concerned about their polls, but the DPP will take the necessary action to deal with libel," Wu said.
"We will not allow a specific person's irresponsible remarks to hurt the primary system which the DPP has used for decades, and which has won credibility," Lee said.
Taipei councilor found guilty of libeling president
Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-yuan (李慶元) of the New Party was found guilty on appeal of libeling President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) by the Taiwan High Court on Tuesday.
In addition to the six-month prison sentence given to him by a lower court last July, the Taiwan High Court also suspended his civil rights for two years.
The prison time can be converted into a fine, according to the court. The case stemmed from a book co-authored in 2000 by Lee and former New Party candidate for president Li Ao (李敖). In the book, Lee claimed that Chen Shui-bian, who was running for president on the ticket of the Democratic Progressive Party, had had an extramarital affair.
The Taiwan High Court based its sentence on the Presidential and Vice Presidential Election and Recall Law rather than the Criminal Code because the case took place during the lead-up to the 2000 presidential election and the plaintiff was a presidential candidate.
I find these two articles even more disturbing about the nature of how the DPP uses ROC legal system to shut down dissent and critism. DDP party member are threatened with legal action when questioning DDP polling methods. If the party members allegation is correct that malfunctioning monitor skewd the polls against him, shouldn't the DPP just launch an investigation to confirm or refute said party members claims. But to threaten the party member with legal action seems somewhat unwarranted and over zealous.
In the second article, an author (who was also a political opponent of CSB) is jail for writing about CSB possible sex life. The guy’s wife been in a wheel chair for almost 30 years, people would understand if he had a mistress on the side. But instead he silences his critics with harsh legal actions. As a public figure CSB will come under attack for political cartoonist as well, should they be jail and their civil liberties suspended too?
Not only that the law which is enforced is a law which is not normally enforced. I'm just wondering what would happen to Michael Moore if he did a documentary against CSB in 2000.
Is CSB sex life so sensitive it warrants going to jail for anyone brash enough to make a comment on it.
Okay so I guess I will have a gander. CSB wife has been in a wheel chair for a few decades. I too am curious to where a healthy male like CSB gets his sexual release. Many powerful and rich men have mistresses. I too suspect CSB keeps mistress as do half the politicains on Taiwan.
Please feel free to sue blogger.com President CSB.
Monday, April 18, 2005
I don’t believe the protest in China against Japan are government sponsored, but more akin to individuals in authority (i.e. police, CCP, etc.) sympathize with the protestor on this issue, hence varying degree of enforcement from city to city.
In addition the protestors are not challenging the PRC government directly, unlike FLG and Tiananmen protest. The protestors in this case are protesting a foreign government’s political ambition in the UN and interpretation of a sore point in history, akin to Taiwan’s recent anti-secession protest, but as other poster pointed out with less government participation than Taiwan’s recent protest.
I also believe if it was not for the fact Japan is the only other influential country in the region with an apparent pro-Taiwan policy, many Taiwanese would not mind protesting Japan and reminding them the atrocities they committed on Taiwan (i.e. recent egg throwing welcome at CKS airport of a Taiwan political leader visiting a war shrine in Japan). That being the case, it is not prudent for pan-Green or pan-Blue to openly sponsor an anti-Japan protest.
However, I would like to point out in recent development of BB Batteries plight and the conflicted “spin” if Taidu proponents try to use the current events of local discontent in China to their advantage.
If one takes sides on the issue local protestors against big business on environmental pollution, it becomes difficult to side with Taiwan own business BB Batteries, since they will have a negative environmental impact even while complying with PRC regulation on waste water usage.
One the other hand if one supports PRC regulation and BB Batteries, then one inadvertently must have an opinion of resource allocation in the protection from rioters. If Japan and Taiwan both makes request from PRC to protect their property, the government will prioritize these needs. Given the publicity Japan has brought on the issue with their demand for protection and apology from China, they have force China to recognize their needs instead of Japan over those of Taiwan.
In addition the solution to these type of issue is adeptly cited in the article was being something the MAC should responsible for, however, given the ROC administration lack of interest in negotiating these issues which have nothing to do with Taiwan sovereignty, there have been no fruitful dialogue or results.