Friday, October 08, 2010
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A quick search took me to this page where he is listed (as Wang Tsao-kun) as one of the Directors of the Dajia Matsu Temple, the most important on the island. That temple is run by the notorious Yen Ching-piao, who has been in and out of jail and who is widely reputed to be a powerful gangster. He is President of the temple association. Wang Chao-kun is apparently one of Yen's men. He is currently speaker of the Houli Township Council. If you run searches on that list of names you'll soon run across other local politicians.
Just another example of how religion and politics intertwine in Taiwan through the temple associations, which provide a nexus for local businessmen, politicians, and local "colorful characters", and also, of the influence of that particular temple association in the local politics of the northern Taichung area. Temple associations are good launching pads for local political careers, and the subdued use of the Goddess Mazu on the sign tells locals what kind of politician they are getting.....
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