Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Election Poster Pics

Another collection of campaign posters I spotted around Taiwan in September and October. This one here has an amusing pun on DPP Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen's name.

In Hsinchu town a KMT candidate proclaims "We love Taiwan!"

"This time, you have a an even better choice" the sign says. Above a KMT candidate mentions that construction-industrial state staple, road work.

A KMT candidate all in pink.

Ma, Wu and a local candidate peer down at a local city. I've noticed that President Ma is common on legislative election posters, unlike the previous two elections where his unpopular visage could scarcely be found. So I asked around, and one story I've heard is that the KMT is handing out more cash to legislative candidates who put Ma on their signs. Dunno if it is true.

Just outside Hengchun in Pingtung.

Kinda of a strange picture -- active on the one hand, but it looks like he is getting mad at someone, on the other.

Changhua candidates.

Outside Dulan in Taitung, a candidate promises to make Taitung his priority.

Another poster of the same candidate in downtown Taitung city.

Nice poses -- a DPP doctor looking trustworthy with a stethescope, a KMT candidate with a bike, not actually on it. Bikes seem less prevalent this time around -- the candidates don't seem to have decided which symbolic leisure and sports equipment will represent politicians this time around.

This candidate tries a track metaphor, which not only adds sport, but puts this candidate out in front of the race.

Another attempt to find a sport.

A sound truck adds color.

Ma and friends loom over an intersection.

Ma and even more friends totally dominate an intersection outside Jhuolan in Miaoli.

Radical t-shirt. Why?

DPP candidates near Hsinshe in Taichung. I don't particularly like the TAIWAN NEXT phrase itself, but the logo is eye-catching and energetic.

Wish there was better public data on whether and how DPP local candidates are riding Tsai's coattails.

Tsai and Su together at last.

"Realizing justice, going forth into the world". I think.

"For the next generation.... blah blah blah."

The candidate's name is the character meaning car, so the sign puns: "A good car is on the road!"

Candidates seem younger this time around.

Nice pic.

Another Changhua candidate.

A positive, traditional note.

Dom and candidate pose.

Decide the future, now!
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Ben Goren said...

A fantastic collection there Mike. You have been eating away at those Kms! In Nantou unsurprisingly Wu features most prominently in the KMT campaign ads that I saw there. Here in the Chung, the DPP have invested hugely with two big signs on Meicuen Rd and Xiang Shang Rd opposite the night market. They have also opened a big HQ on Chung Gang Road in what used to be an E-life store. Seems like in 2004, both parties realise the result depends on the central Taiwan voters since south, north and east are fairly locked up. However I worry when a professor neighbour of mine told me that he can't see Taiwanese voting for a woman to become president. You can imagine what choice words Eva had to say about that! My take is that man or woman, both are equally capable of failing to lead appropriately. For evidence may I present a certain Mr Ma for the male camp and a certain Ms Lu for the female camp.

Michael Turton said...

Thanks Ben! When are you getting on a road bike to take pictures with me.


Robert R. said...

Don't know about other places, but my wife's school started having teachers do the paper work so they can file for taxes next year.

A good time to remind a blue constituency that some perks are disappearing. :)

Ben Goren said...

Well, it appears that I will have to relocate to Taipei City around June next year making road trips a bit hard to organise. One upside is that I'll make sure there's always a place for you to crash if you're up there visiting. In the meantime, I'd be happy to come along anytime on my scooter. I could trail behind carrying all your supplies as a support vehicle if you don't mind the sound of my engine ticking over some 50 yards behind you. (I have a trick for going down big hills and mountains - I switch the engine off and coast so I can hear everything). Let me know!

Michael Turton said...

Well, it appears that I will have to relocate to Taipei City around June next year making road trips a bit hard to organise. One upside is that I'll make sure there's always a place for you to crash if you're up there visiting.

Fantastic news! Definitely looking forward to drunken trashing of your new apartment.

D said...

Nice gallery. I wonder if these kinds of election photos could ever catch on the US. Maybe US politicians are afraid of looking too "gay"?

Anonymous said...

Nice collection. I've also noticed a billboard for Tsai Ing-wen saying (in Chinese) "Taiwan's First Female President" in ... Xizhi? I think it was Xizhi. And today I saw a Tsai Ing-wen poster in the touristy heart of Jinguashi. I thought small-town foreign-tourist magnets would be the least likely place to find election ads. Okay, the wilderness far from any roads is the least likely place to find election ads, but I thought small-town foreign tourist magnets would be the second least likely place (foreign tourists don't vote in Taiwanese elections).

On a different note, I just read this interesting interview about vanished states (and how they sometimes get resurrected). I couldn't help thinking of the Formosa Republic while reading it. If you have time, I would be very interested in any thoughts you have about what's said in this interview vis-a-vis Taiwan.


神倫 said...

Interesting! Election campaigns in Taiwan is very different from here in Canada, aside from party solidarity.

gamebug said...

parts of the poster very close to me... ha...

Anonymous said...

Note that lots more excitement going on during elections compared with other countries. More like a festival.


les said...

It would be very funny if Ma is paying to have his own image on candidate posters, given that he appears on so few. Is he so toxic that even he's willing to pay, they don't want his face on there?

Anonymous said...

I guess for people that make educated decisions, where Ma appears or not make no difference. From a Party point of view, he should either appear on all or appear on none. Another thought is that he could be just telling the voters to make decisions based on judgement instead of emotion.


James said...

Of that entire sorry collection of self serving politocos, the only one I'd even consider voting for is Dom, but I suppose he doesn't count. Great round up though, Michael!

Unknown said...

Hi, Michael,

I am a freelance editor currently working for NIAS Press. A book on Taiwanese politics is currently in production, and one of your photos (I don't know yet which one; that would be up to the authors) would add depth to the book. Would you please give NIAS Press permission to use one of your images? It cannot afford to pay you (if the book sells more than a couple hundred copies worldwide, it will be a great success), but of course you would receive full credit as photographer and your copyright protection for the photo would remain intact.

I would be grateful to hear from you, one way or the other.

Yours sincerely,