Ketagalan Media: Observations on Rising Populism in Taiwan Politics

… In today’s Taiwan, all the above described types of populist politics are thriving due to the collective sentiments of groups of people feeling left behind by the pro-reform movements, and by perceptions of growing political support from the administration and political elites of progressive (e.g., same-sex marriage) and reformist (e.g., pension reforms) policies. The […]

Taipei Times: Han urges neutrality amid recall drive

… According to leaked meeting minutes obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (sister newspaper of the Taipei Times), city officials asked every civil servant present if they had received any recall petition documents and instructed them not to take part. … We Care Kaohsiung has called Han — who is to represent the Chinese Nationalist […]

UDN: Gou and Wang Meeting on August 3rd, Han’s Official Start of Campaign

Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), the KMT candidate for the 2020 presidential election, started his official campaign in Taoyuan City (桃園市) on August 3rd; nevertheless, the fact that Terry Gou (郭台銘) and Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) met on the same day was even more eye-catching. However, nobody else was present at this meeting. If Gou and Wang, during […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 08.04.2019 Pilot 11

Hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) take on a huge news week! Ko Wen-je announces he’s launching a new political party, and wants Terry Gou to be president. Terry Gou returns from Japan and secretly meets with Wang Jin-pyng. Speculation is rife, so we speculate! Dan Han the Cabbage Man is ripped […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 07.15.2019 Pilot 08

Michael Turton (麥哲恩) is still on the East Coast, but we were very fortunate to have Chang Jui-chuan 張睿銓 step in to give his take on the KMT primary and the Han Kuo-yu candidacy, Gou, Wang and Chu’s next steps and discord in the NPP as Lin Fei-fan joins the DPP.

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 06.30.2019 Pilot 06

In a jam-packed show, hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) discuss Daniel Han Kuo-yu, Dan Han, Dan Han and more Dan Han–he’s got dubious online support…but this isn’t the first time this has come up, he’s being investigated for allegedly misusing funds when he was head of the TAPMC, the bizarre China […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 06.23.2019 Pilot 05

For the first four fuzzy minutes Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss Han’s troubles in Kaohsiung, then the video gets clearer. A poll shows that if the 2018 9-in-1 elections were reheld today, the DPP would win in Kaohsiung and Taichung–but the other results would remain the same. Han’s big rally in […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 06.16.2019 Pilot 04

Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) this week discuss the HK rallies, the DPP Primary and conspiracy theories involving President Tsai’s missing thesis, The KMT primary…the KMT primary…the KMT primary…because wow is it exciting this time around! Han Kuo-yu says “over my dead body” to “one country, two system”, Terry Gou complains […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 6.09.2019 Pilot 03 w/Guest Tanner Greer (葛天樂)

This week on CAT we are very excited to have as guest the scholar and author Tanner Greer (葛天樂), the man behind The Scholar’s Stage (see link in comments). He appears off-camera as a disembodied voice because of a blood pledge made with his fellow frogmen on a mission in Afghanistan. This week hosts Courtney […]

Current Affairs Taiwan 6.02.2019 Pilot 02

The second pilot. The first pilot was recorded a week earlier, but computer issues delayed the release. This second pilot was recorded last night (June 2), one week after the first, and again hosted by Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文). Topics include: 1. Daniel Han Kuo-yu’s rally. Discussion includes crowd size estimates, […]