Thursday, June 03, 2010

May Flowers: Election Pictures from May

A legislator's service center.

An ad on the east coast.

In Dajia, a KMT stronghold, an ad overlooks a busy street.

One candidate fails to get the message: it's biking that's in this year.

A plethora of ads for female candidates in Taichung shows the large number of them running this year at all levels.

Ads crammed three to a wall testify to the battleground that is Taichung.

Pink banners make a nice contrast to the green trees.

A Taichung candidate wants your votes.

In Linkou.

The female candidate's URL is great.

This ad north of Chingshui in Taichung county is the only one I've seen this year that mentions ECFA.

Two for the price of one.

This candidate in Fengyuan has had signs up for three years that did not mention her party affiliation. Now she has finally put up signs saying she's DPP. Does this mean it is ok to be DPP this election cycle?

A Blue candidate with a blue sign.

DPP and KMT candidates face off in Tanzi in Taichung county.

A pile of signs in Taichung city.

A KMT candidate raises a fist for you in Taichung city.

DPP candidates in Guishan.

A candidate in Guishan.

The DPP finally won the township chief position here in Guishan in the most recent election. One way that winning local elections helps is that the other side isn't protected when it does thing like remove your signs.

On streetlight poles, candidates compete for your attention.

Another pile of signs at an intersection.

Sound trucks. May a special corner of hell be reserved for them.

This Taoyuan candidate has many signs that don't have his picture on them, all with this kind of workers of the world, unite! feel to them.

On Tatu Mtn outside Taichung city.

KMT candidates strike together.
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Anonymous said...

The guy with the baseball bat looks more like a loan shark's payment collecting agent!

Cary Allen said...

Yikes, what a horrific landscape. I've never been so grateful for zoning and signage restrictions where I live.

Jason said...

Man, I love me some Taiwan election ads. Thanks for posting these.

A couple of style-related questions for you:

Is the mass-produced faux-Columbia outdoor vest finally supplanting the hallowed windbreaker as the go-to gear for politicians now?

Which national -level pols are favored to pose next to candidates in this cycle. I saw Tsai Ying-wen and a duplicated Chen Chih-mou in a couple of your photos, but who's got the PR mojo on the blue side?

Michael Turton said...

I've not seen pictures of any local politicians with any heavyweights of either party, except for one photo of a DPPer with Tsai. None with Ma, Soong, Lien, etc. All of them feature pics with other, higher-ranking local politicians. In the last picture, the woman in the red shirt is the wife of the owner of Drew's school. So you know what that means.

Can't tell on the vest trend, man. Need bigger sample size.

Steven Crook said...

Down here in Tainan, at least one candidate has "oppose ECFA" very prominently on her poster. Judging by poster numbers alone, the DPP are set to win by a margin of five to one at least.

Marc said...

Are the KMT images more noticeably neutral this year? Seeing these around Taiwan, I have to search for the nationalist 'star' on the poster, and, in fact, haven't seen the flag either. I also rarely see any of the usual accouterments of a KMT politician, such as the ubiquitous uniform vest. Anyone notice the same? If so, I wonder why?

Anonymous said...

Flush your "Region of China" down the toilet, vote for a Chinese Nationalist!

Robert R. said...

"I've not seen pictures of any local politicians with any heavyweights of either party, except for one photo of a DPPer with Tsai."

In Kaohsiung, it's hard to find an ad without Chen Chu, but that's half local half heavyweight.

Anonymous said...

Love the new photo at the top. The tree (trees?) looks absolutely majestic. Too bad the blog background ruins it a bit.

Paul said...

Most of these Taiwan election ads, are so funny