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 […]

Ko Supports Gou / Gou Not to Attend Inaugural Meeting of Taiwan People’s Party

During an exclusive interview granted by Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), he was asked, among President Tsai Ing-wen, Kaohsiung City Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), and Foxconn founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), who would be the President that came up to his expectations for the next term. Ko replied without hesitation, “Terry Gou, of course.” As […]

Taipei Times: Terry Gou to start platform for youth

Gou on Sunday sent two handwritten letters to the fan group and other groups to thank them for their support, she said, adding that his office would hold a meeting with fans later this month once details are decided. In its announcement, the fan club said that it had met its first-phase goal of collecting […]

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 07.28.2019 Pilot 10

Hosts Michael Turton (麥哲恩) and Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) discuss Dan Han Kuo-yu becoming the official KMT candidate, Ko Wen-je, Terry Gou and Hung Hsiu-chu in relation to the presidential race. Cigarette smuggling scandal an indictment of Taiwan’s bureaucratic problems (The News Lens piece) and the impact of HK protests on Taiwan’s presidential election (Diplomat […]

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 07.07.2019 Pilot 07

NOTE: Next week’s video will be recorded on Monday, January 15 after the KMT primary results are announced. It’s a lonely show with Michael Turton (麥哲恩) on vacation, but Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) kicks off with a brief wrap on Ko’s China trip, then goes into a deep dive on the candidates in the KMT […]

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 […]

CNA: Taipei Mayor says he will run new party ‘economically’

As to whether Gou will provide financial assistance for the TPP, Ko did not reply directly to the question, saying only that his team has found a way to run election campaigns in an “economical way” and will apply that to the TPP operations. He did not elaborate. The Taipei mayor also took a swipe […]