Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Taiwan: Snapshots of Democracy in Action

German reporter Klaus Bardenhagen writes:

Having been an eye witness to some political key developments, I have just published an English/Chinese book called 'Taiwan: Snapshots of Democracy in Action' (我鏡頭下的民主時刻).

Living in Taiwan, during the last few years I have been intrigued by all the demonstrations and social movements trying to raise awareness for their causes and to change Taiwan's society.

I realized that many Taiwanese (and definitely most people abroad) are not really aware of all that has been going on. So I decided to compile this book with 80+ photos to highlight some key moments 2008-2012.

For example, who still knows what CKS Hall looked like when there was an exhibition on Taiwan's democracy movement, which was taken down in 2008?

The place to preview and order the printed book as well as the eBook (iPad) is

Taiwan: Snapshots of Democracy in Action



Since 2008, I have been reporting from Taiwan for German media, including print, radio and television. Trying to make sense of what is happening around me, I hope to eventually raise some awareness for Taiwan and its democracy.





One country, many faces

My first impressions of Taiwan included a lot of shouting, cheering and flag-waving. It was election time. The emotionally charged street rallies were very different from the somber campaigns I was used to from Germany.

Living in a democracy, Taiwanese needn't be afraid to make their voices heard. There is a lot they don't agree on, and the stakes are always high. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to witness some key moments.

From Taiwan's 2008 presidential campaign to the aftermath of the 2012 elections, these are my snapshots of democracy in action.

Preview and order the printed book or the eBook (iPad):
Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.


Lorenzo said...

Every german knows how to write a book thick as a brick based on philosophical extrapolation. This self-claimed 'reporter' from Germany just published a coffee-talbe photo album based on his superficial observation of Taiwan. Judged by the book's cover, he collected mostly pan-blue action images, which the readers of this blog knows well that many visitors will mistake as democracy-in-action.

I suggest this reporter visit the prison for democracy fighters on Green Island (no, it's not the Green's HQ but many those democracy fighters did turn green later on). Capito?

StefanMuc said...

@Lorenzo - I don't think Klaus Bardenhagen is particularly focused on the blue side. You can check out his blog at if you want, it's mainly in German, though. If that's not accessible to you, you can check here:

As for "self-claimed" - well, his reports about Taiwan have been on German TV, so that ought to qualify to be called a reporter.

Disclaimer: I've met Klaus a few times and think he is a nice guy. Whether you buy his books is up to you.

Klaus said...

Always good to see people not jumping to any quick conclusions...

I actually devoted a chapter to the Green Island and Jingmei prison memorials.

For those who cannot read German, some of my reports have been translated into Chinese and are linked at

@Stefan: Thanks mate.

Lorenzo said...

You haven't explained why you named yourself Taiwanreporter. There are many real and excellent reporters here from renown media and they just use their own name. I haven't seen your articles published in the New York Times or Washington Post, I think someone with the name "Taiwanreporter" should be known in these circles, not just in Germany's regional newspapers. Tell me why is your title justified and how can we trust, that you are an expert on Taiwan's democracy? You haven't lived here during CSB, so how can you know the difference?

Michael Turton said...

Lorenzo, he's not posing as an expert, but acting as a witness. There's no need to interrogate him, he's totally pro-Taiwan and pro-democracy, I know him well.