Friday, November 14, 2008

Taipei Times Interview

Many of Chen’s supporters said the detention was uncalled for because the prosecution has failed to give any evidence or backing for the basis of his detention. From your observation, do you think Chen has been rightfully detained?


I don’t think we can say that things happen in Taiwan because of right or wrong. If there was really this belief in Taiwan, would the police brutality unleashed upon protesting Taiwanese citizens have occurred last week when Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) was here? If we respected what is right and wrong, would the Sunrise records store have been closed for playing a Taiwanese song? What can we say about A-bian’s detainment? The only thing I think we can say now is that it happened.


How do you think Chen’s detention will affect the Taiwanese public sentiment? Could it further fragmentize, or unite the Taiwanese people?


Well, this depends upon what viewpoint you look at Chen Suibian (陳水扁) detention from. If you’re blue-leaning, then A-bian’s (阿扁) detainment is a gift from above. With A-bian back in the news, the KMT-dominated media can continue to talk about things that are not important to Taiwan’s current situation whatsoever, like A-bian and his family. As if A-bian has anything to do with Taiwan’s current economic woes, our skyrocketing inflation, increasing unemployment, the no longer mentioned lack of Chinese tourists, or the exodus of foreign investments. If you’re green-leaning, then it’s a case of putting the blame on A-bian to take focus off the KMT’s incompetence.


A-bian’s detention will most definitely affect the public sentiment, that’s why he’s been detained. Fragmentation of Taiwan’s public has always been one of the goals of the Chinese KMT and the Chinese Communist Party. If Taiwan stays polarized, then it’s easier for the KMT and the CCP to manipulate the Taiwanese public. The last thing the KMT or the CCP want is to see the Taiwanese people united standing together with one collective voice. And why are the Chinese scared of this? Because what Taiwanese people want to say is surely not what they Chinese want to hear, just look at the reactions of Zhang Mingqing (張銘清) and Chen Yunlin.


Some argued that the Ma administration are making Chen out to be a sacrificial lamb as an apologetic offering to Beijing for Chen Yunlin’s eventful visit. However, others believe Chen deserves imprisonment? What is your take on it?


Does Chen’s detainment have anything to do with China? It most definitely does. I mean, just look at the news in China. With all that happens in Taiwan day in and day out, is any of it really newsworthy in China? No way. But as soon as Chen was detained, the Chinese propaganda machine was turned on full speed. They even referred to A-bian as, the former “local area leader” as they ran their story, sorry, propaganda. China actually thinks that as long as they don’t acknowledge the president of Taiwan that he does not exist. The Chinese government still thinks that if you don’t see or hear the opposing viewpoint, than it doesn’t exist. Huh? How can Taiwan’s future possibly lay with a Chinese government as backwards as this?


Do I think A-bian deserves imprisonment? No, but part of me thinks that he should just the serve time no matter if he’s guilty or not, just so the KMT-loving media won’t be able to use A-bian as the cause for all Taiwan’s current problems. With A-bian behind bars, all those blue TV news stations and newspapers will have to start doing something they haven’t done in a long time, report the news.


Do you believe Chen would get a fair trial? Do you think his plight was politically motivated like he claims?


Chen has about as much of a chance of getting a fair trial in Taiwan’s blue leaning judicial system, as a black person had of having a fair trial in the beginning of the civil rights struggle in the 1960’s in the US. I think it would be safe to say that we will probably find the cure for cancer before we will ever see Chen Suibian get a fair trial in Taiwan.


In Taiwan, politics is everywhere. Whether or not you want to admit to that is a totally different matter all together. Every single TV news channel and newspaper in Taiwan is politically biased and motivated. It's only a question of which way they are leaning towards. As Ma Ying Jeou continues to sell this country out to China piece by piece, shifting the focus on to A-bian is the perfect decoy. How could A-bian's detainment not be politcally motivated? The DPP are hardly even represented, let alone given the power to make any significant decisions now in Taiwan. The KMT have control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Taiwan's current problems and power to solve them lie in their hands, not in A-bian's handcuffs.

23 Comments:

At 12:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

First!

 
At 4:08 PM , Anonymous Ross said...

Eric,

I heard that you've been to Taipei Freedom Square to support those students during this weekend. Just want to thank you for doing it~ also, well said in Taipei Times interview! I actually feel sorry for DPP, despite whether they (include 雲林and 嘉義縣長) breached the law or not, what i see is KMT is so desperately wanting to put them behind the bars. I am very disappointed with the justice in Taiwan.. I hope i can ask Ma Yin Jeou "is this what you call justice? or that's your ideal justice?"

 
At 5:35 PM , Blogger Joe said...

Hey Eric:
I'm really worried about you
Since you've shown in the media, I worry that Mr. Ma's government will punish you in some way

Therefore, just be careful even though you live in Tainan

Bless you

 
At 8:25 PM , Blogger GREENE said...

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At 2:42 AM , Blogger Felix said...

Is there any video of you online? I would like to transfere it to EU FAPA and EFTA.

 
At 5:42 AM , Blogger Eric said...

felix,

i know there are some clips on youtube.

 
At 2:39 AM , Blogger Taiwan Echo said...

Hi Eric,

Can you give a brief intro to tell readers whom were interviewed ?

 
At 9:35 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Taiwan Echo,

sorry, i was interviewed by taipei times last week about a-bian detainment. the actual article was a combination of several expats living on the island. i just wanted to post up my full responses to the questions to give people more of an idea of where i was coming from.

 
At 2:13 AM , Blogger Taiwan Echo said...

Thanks, Eric.

I was searching for English news/blog coverage about Sunrise Records, that's how I got here.

I was very surprised to find that it's so little coverage about the police misconduct in Sunrise Records. I found that only in Taipei Times, and your blog here.

 
At 12:31 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Taiwan Echo,

that's sad to hear. i thought what happened at the sunrise record store was by far the most alarming thing that happened during chen yunlin visit. i'm glad it happened though because it definitely opened up a lot of people eyes up.

 
At 12:57 AM , Blogger 楚汪沛森 said...

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At 1:10 AM , Blogger Super Dutch said...

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At 12:51 PM , Blogger SJL said...

hi Eric-- I just want to tell you that I am so proud of you for what you are doing. I feel this is a passion that many of us share. Obviously some of us in the west coast USA go to the UN for Taiwan event every year for the same faith that we have. In any case it's not easy to be the under-dog and fight for a belief that the rest of the world doesn't dare stand for. I hope you keep going and I think Taiwan do need voices like yours that speak the diversity of the Taiwanese people (besides the bigger issue, of course). With all the love I have in my heart for Taiwan, I want you to know that you have my supper and I believe many more will soon find their way to you! Shan

 
At 7:49 PM , Blogger Super Dutch said...

Dear Eric, A friend of mine just passed me your info. today. You are my new Hero. I am writing from Amsterdam. Happy Birthday, man.

 
At 5:37 PM , Anonymous Mavis said...

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I'm Mavis,I have watched the"wild strawberry" online since friday,therefore,I know your birthday on 12/3,but today,I didn't meet you in school,and I want to say"HAPPY BIRTHDAY"to you ,I know your age is a secret, haha~ Maybe,I will be attend the"wild strawberry" on friday,because I have to go to class for cram school,the N.C.K.U is on my way home~ well~" HAPPY BIRTHDAY"

 
At 11:20 AM , Blogger Stuff Mainlanders Like said...

nigga you are a star now huh? congrats.

 
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A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.

Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily IZVESTIA published on Monday: "The dollar is not secured by anything. The country's foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse."

The paper said Panarin's dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago at a time when the economy appeared strong, have been given more credence by this year's events.

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When asked who would replace the U.S. in regulating world markets, he said: "Two countries could assume this role: China, with its vast reserves, and Russia, which could play the role of a regulator in Eurasia."

Asked why he expected the U.S. to break up into separate parts, he said: "A whole range of reasons. Firstly, the financial problems in the U.S. will get worse. Millions of citizens there have lost their savings. Prices and unemployment are on the rise. General Motors and Ford are on the verge of collapse, and this means that whole cities will be left without work. Governors are already insistently demanding money from the federal center. Dissatisfaction is growing, and at the moment it is only being held back by the elections and the hope that Obama can work miracles. But by spring, it will be clear that there are no miracles."

He also cited the "vulnerable political setup", "lack of unified national laws", and "divisions among the elite, which have become clear in these crisis conditions."

He predicted that the U.S. will break up into six parts - the Pacific coast, with its growing Chinese population; the South, with its Hispanics; Texas, where independence movements are on the rise; the Atlantic coast, with its distinct and separate mentality; five of the poorer central states with their large Native American populations; and the northern states, where the influence from Canada is strong.

He even suggested that "we could claim Alaska - it was only granted on lease, after all." Panarin, 60, is a professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has authored several books on information warfare.



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At 12:24 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Thanks to all the people from China that have taken so much time to post all this garbage on my blog. Sorry I happened to erase all of it by accident (on purpose). So please, spend some more time in front of your computer writing down propaganda and putting it up on my blog, so that I can just erase it again. Enjoy.

 
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