Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2018 Election Posters: Round Three

A KMT candidate dominates a Taichung intersection.

Another day, another collection of colorful election posters. Rode around in Changhua this week, a key battleground that is currently leaning KMT. You can click on any photo to be taken to its Flickr page if you want to zoom in on it. Click on READ more to see more....

Candidates on a building near Huilong Metro Station in New Taipei City.

Earnest candidates in Taichung vie for your vote.

Kaohsiung candidate.

A city council candidate in NE Taichung city. Note that no party affiliation is shown, yet there is no indication this is an independent candidate. In Taichung the KMT candidates have no trouble showing the KMT logo on their posters. This candidate has a commonplace set of sayings: "sincere, brave, begin fortune!"

This candidate in Fengyuan has been using this same image for a while now.

A candidate's sign near Dongshih. Yes, I put the pole blocking Taichung mayoral candidate Lin Chia-long's image on purpose. I hope they put him in cold sleep and send him off to colonize the Andromeda Galaxy when the election is over.

A contemplative image of KMT Taichung mayor candidate Lu. My impression is that thoughtful poses like this are more common among KMT candidates.

His slogan advertises "rational power"

A KMT candidate, Li Zhong. His sign says "Zhong Dao!" or the Way of Zhong. Cute. Note the class marker signaled by the casual formal wear, rare among DPP candidates. This won't be the only KMTer with such a look.

Mayor Lin with a DPP candidate, another energetic DPP candidate next to them.

A DPP candidate with Mayor Lin of the DPP has a commonplace saying "Hard worker, I see it"

KMT and DPP candidates overlook southern Taichung city.

As always, its the Year of the Woman in Taiwan.

KMT mayor candidate Lu's local office. I was too early for it to be open, sadly.

A DPP candidate below, while sign above says "A young person is needed!" The KMT sigil is faint in the background, and he is pictured with Johnny Chiang, now KMT mayor candidate Lu's campaign manager.

Streetside banners of a DPP candidate.

Signs are everywhere in Taichung.

Her campaign slogan wishes peace to your family.

KMT city council candidate in southern Taichung with the usual slogan of "I see it, I work hard".

Signs everywhere, blocking candidate's signs.

No party logo. His slogan says "Always here" in English, kinda creepy if you think about it.

A KMT city council candidate on the west side of Taichung city.

In battleground Changhua hardly any signs had party logos, except for some DPPers. A county council candidate.

The left-hand sign is a conventional DPP candidate's sign. The way more interesting right-hand sign offers a "secret sexual device" for husbands and wives that will give you energy for a lifetime. Unfortunately when I asked what it was, they told me at the desk there I was did not have a high enough security clearance for that information.

The sign on the right with the totally banal saying "Listen with the heart, seriously do it". Candidates emphasize their ability to provide service. Apparently creativity in slogans is not a necessity for candidates in Taiwan.

She absolutely understands the problems of ordinary folk, although she can't be bothered to apply a party logo. The other sign, in case you are interested, advertises a detective service for wives who are suspicious their husbands might be cheating on them.

Changhua is absolutely overrun with banners.

"Set aside the ruling party! The people should be the priority!" claims this revolutionary. ADDED: A reader says the logo is that of CUPP, the Chinese Unification Promotion Party. See Cole's article

Roadside banners in Changhua.

This little temple was decorated with the banners of several politicians. Temples are a key nexus of local politics.

This candidate for the Changhua county council appears to have removed the logo from his vest via Photoshop. The slogan at the bottom mocks the President's comment that "Officials who perform poorly should be put on ice" by implying he will put her party's people on ice.

"Works hard". Inventive, eh?

A Nantou city council candidate.

Casually formal, the DPP candidate for Nantou County Chief.

An LED screen advertises a candidate.

A Nantou county council candidate in a traditional pose. Note the complete lack of party affiliation.

A KMT county magistrate candidate. He cannot hide his party affiliation.

Candidates express the joy of being KMT.

A Nantou county council candidate for Mingjian and Nantou city has a simple slogan of "infrastructure" and "service".

Another candidate with no party logo.

We rode up the 137 along the southwestern side of Baguashan and the banner density reached new heights. Party IDs were rare.

This crowded sign has CHANGE in the center. The rest is all about service.

A candidate for village mayor.

Another candidate for the local village mayor, neither this one nor the one above has a party identifier.

The sign density was truly amazing.

Yet another candidate for village mayor. Apparently this little village is more fought over than Afghanistan.

No party identifiers on any of these signs.

A candidate in Tianzhong.

Changhua county chief. No party ID again.

In Guocuoli in Lukang town, the area of town in which everyone is a Guo, this candidate... is a Guo.

Presumably, a DPP candidate in Lukang.

A KMT candidate in Lukang.

Candidate Guo's banners adorn a small temple. Across the street the Bao-An Temple, the center of worship for the six Guo family branches of Lukang's Guocuoli, was conspicuously lacking in any political ads.

Banners everywhere. If you didn't know that Changhua was hotly contested, the banner density would tell you.

DPP candidates: "Let fortune continue!"

This candidate in Guocuoli is also a Guo. The bottom of the sign details the various offices he has held.

Mr Guo absolutely overwhelms a street corner.

Another KMTer looking contemplative in a slick suit says "Keep Forward" in English as he runs for Lukang Mayor.

So many ads... in Lukang.

Lukang again: no less than 12 signs and banners in this tiny space.

This DPP candidate empathizes with you.

KMT ads in Taichung. The bottom one directs you to the service office for the local KMT candidate.

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Anonymous said...

"Set aside the ruling party! The people should be the priority!" claims this revolutionary. <--- The logo indicates that person is a candidate from Chinese Unity Promotion Party (CUPP) 中華統一促進黨.

Kaminoge said...

"The other sign, in case you are interested, advertises a detective service for wives who are suspicious their husbands might be cheating on them."

Thanks for the explanation. I remember seeing those signs all over the place when I was living in Fengyuan and wondered what exactly was being advertised.

Anonymous said...

It's also interesting to see how Chen Qingfeng ("Set aside...!") is visually representing himself--according to the description, he's pouring paint on a sign for the Association for Japanese Exchange (日本交流協會). Is that kind of behavior likely to get him a lot of votes in Changhua?

Unknown said...

The one labelled "She absolutely understands the problems of ordinary folk, although she can't be bothered to apply a party logo. The other sign, in case you are interested, advertises a detective service for wives who are suspicious their husbands might be cheating on them". She is an independent candidate for Changhua County commissioner who pals around with Ko P's mother and styles herself the "white power candidate" (in the local political sense of not being pan-blue or pan-green, obviously).