This is the final post on the Taiwan’s Sunflower movement, see this for the earlier post.
After the end of the protest, there seems to be more acrimony between the government and the people. Though I applaud the self-democratisation movment, I think it will be a long process for Taiwan to reach a matured democracy process like the West, if ever it has the time and opportunity to do so. Compared with the West’s two distinct political ideologies of Conservatism (Right) and Liberalism (Left), Taiwan is divided on its internal politics – reunification with China or independence. Such divide has created tensions that would serve to destroy the fruits of democracy.
Anyway, I want to focus on the lighter side of the politics – the satirical sense of humour by some of the organsiations in poking fun at political figures. One of them is 音地大帝 Yīndìdàdì which recently introduced a stamp collection to mock the not-so transparent efforts of Taiwan’s Red Cross Society in the donation drive for monies to help the poor people affected by Kaohsiung Gas Explosion.
I will pick two people in the stamp collection to illustrate the political humour:
A) Z > B
During the furore over the signing of FTA with China, President Ma Yingjeou could only say repeatedly that the agreement is 利大于弊 lì dà yú bì. It means merits (利) are bigger than 大于demerits. 弊. The creative netizens quickly used the mathematical expression Z > B to coin President’s expression as it sounds alike. Note Z is pronounced as Zee, not the British Z sound.
Over My Dad’s money
王世坚 Wáng Shìjiān, an Opposition Member of Parliament, made himself famous by defiantly blocking some anti-Sunflower protesters to enter the Legislative Yuen during the Sunflower movement so as to protect the students. He uttered the English phrase “Over My Dead Body’ then and was made an instant hero by quick-witted netizens in parodying the MV by Pitbull & Marc Anthony:
Recently, he was in the news again by mocking Sean Lien in this out-door advertisement:
Who is Sean Lien 连胜文 Lián Shèngwén? He is the son of Lien Chan 连战 Lián Zhàn, a prominent and rich politician in Taiwan. Sean is seeking election in the end of the year’s Taipei City Mayor Election, and unfortunately he is seen riding on the coat-tail of his father and has been drawing a lot of flak from netizens. He is even nicknamed 神猪 shén zhū (literally God Pig, an overweight pig which is used as a sacrifice to Chinese Deities, see a gross pic here) as he is horizontally challenged.
Poor Sean, let’s hope he proves his critics wrong by winning the Election so that Pigs not only can fly, but can also beat the bad guys!