Huffpost had an annoying interview of former Premier Jiang Yi-huah. Comical. A friend critiqued it on Facebook:
This is a classic statement of Confucian political values. He hits all the major themes.In other words, it's a carefully constructed alternate reality presented for outsiders. One reality left out: Ma's government was a government of mainlanders like Ma, and there is no way Jiang would have made Premier without being a mainlander like Ma. Wiki has more info on Jiang. Jiang, who set the police on the students in the Executive Yuan and has always supported the authoritarian colonial government of the KMT, was at the...
First, he is 'scholar' (note the pious invocations of Yale and NTU). Next he is reluctant to enter public life. He personally prefers the quiet life of a scholar, but he is persuaded by the Leader to set aside this selfish goal. He reaches his decision by thinking of his higher duties to his parents (xiao, filial piety) and society (zhong, loyalty).
In office, he wants to create harmony (he) and set an example to the people by his personal incorruptibility. He is hardworking ('nearly 24 hours a day seven days a week), patient, and humble.
Young people (AKA the Sunflower students) must not be impatient (i.e no street protests please) and need to "learn to coexist with other" (i.e sell out one's personal convictions).
I have no doubt that Professor Chiang is a very nice man and really believes what he is saying.
The reference to Weber is fascinating. On the one hand, Weber has been a special favorite of Taiwan's neo-Confucian Mandarins since Yu-Ying-shih popularized his 'applicability' to China. On the other hand, it is very telling that Chiang thinks that Weber's notion of a political vocation is actually a catechism for would-be politicians in Taiwan.
"The interview was done in Prague during Forum 2000 conference, an annual event dealing with human rights among other topics. Forum 2000 was co-founded by Vaclav Havel. Man who became first elected President in the then still Czechoslovakia after the fall of Communist rule following violent crack down on student protests known as the Velvet Revolution.Of course, it was under Jiang that there was a violent crackdown on student protests...
Irony is dead."
- SPECIAL: My webcast for American Citizens for Taiwan, on Taiwan politics, is out.
- SPECIAL: Great great piece at TT on gas bombing of the Seediq people by the Japanese
- Eric Chu is the second coming of Ma Ying-jeou, it's only a matter of time before the public realizes it. Here he is announcing that it is a "historical fact" that Taiwan was returned to the ROC. That's a Ma refrain, but he also asked that the DPP re-think the Japanese period, a typical mainlander position, and thanked the "anti-Japanese resistance". Scratch Chu, there's a doctrinaire mainlander hiding there. But note also the relentless drive to co-op Taiwanese resistance to Japanese rule with its many streams and sources, as a pro-China anti-Japanese movement within the standard Chinese "Japan is the font of all evil!" framework. A more sophisticated example of this subsumption is this abuse of Taiwan history.
- Dengue now at 26,000 cases
- The Economist with its usual pro-KMT reporting on the KMT's change of horses in mid-stream
Mark your calendars for Saturday November 7th; we have a great presentation... UPDATED WITH VENUE DIRECTIONS
Topic: The Eternal (sort of) Triangle of Taiwan, the US and China in light of recent developments in Taiwan and China's economic slowdown.
Speakers: Billl Stanton Director of Center for Asia Policy, National Tsing Hua University (former AIT head Taiwan)
Don Shapiro AmCham VP with decades of Taiwan experience and speaking from his personal perspective
Anna Chou, TSU Legislator (focusing how Japan figures into this)
Venue: At Room 101 Red Building, Legislative Yuan.-- same place we have met before down there.Will send details later if you forgot. 10-12 morning of the 7th.
This is two week plus advance notice so you can plan ahead and also since when we meet there, I need to have a list of names to present to guard when you come in. (if you drive, I need your license plate to get you in the inner courtyard)
Speakers will speak for about 20 min. and then we will open to Q & A; this is a chance to address people with a vast wealth of experience and knowledge of Taiwan's situation.
enue: At Room 101 Red Building, Legislative Yuan.-- same place we have met before down there.
How to get there: Since this is a weekend, this building is normally closed except for a side entrance. The official side entrance address is #1 Ji Nan Rd. (aka Chi Nan Rd). The entrance will be on Ji Nan and we will use the driveway that leads into the courtyard. It lies about midway between Zhongshan (Chung Shan) S. Rd and Zhen Jiang St. If coming from Zhongshan, the following buses stop before National Taiwan University Hospital. #15. 22, 208, 227, 261. The NTU Hospital MRT station is nearby. Across from the hospital is the Taiwan Handicraft Promotion Center (also listed as Chinese Handicraft Center) on Xuchou Rd. go a block north and you will be at Ji Nan. If coming from the corner of Ji Nan and Zhongshan, you will pass the Alliance for a Referendum for Taiwan protest/campout (there since October 25, 2009, and a small Post Office sign; it is about a half a block in. If you reach Zhen Jiang St. you have gone too far. But don't worry, we will have people and a sign at the driveway by which you will enter. It is on the north side of Ji Nan.
You can also come from the Blue Line, exiting at Shandao Temple MRT station, Exit 2 by the Sheraton and work your way south to Ji Nan.
Name required if attending: A headcount is needed; we have room, but also don't want to be overbooked. This is not one you will walk in off the street; everyone will need a badge to get in; we will have them made up and ready at the entrance and you can get them when you pay your NT$100; I will need your name by. No name, no entrance badge.
Those that have already given me your name, I have you down. If driving, give me also your license plate #.
This is a great chance to hear and question good people working for Taiwan at many levels, and of course network with each other.
Plan on getting there a little early so we can start right on time and get the most from these speakers.
Look to see you.
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