We told you recently that Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election in 2012 is going to be one to watch. That’s because James Soong (宋楚瑜) of the People First Party has now thrown his hat into the ring, and the scales could be tipped in the favour of Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the current chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party. If elected, Tsai will be Taiwan’s very first female president.
In her campaign video (after the jump), Tsai, an LSE-trained lawyer who is seen as a kinder, gentler face of the pro-independence pan-Green coalition, plays up the “Taiwanese identity” card. Her party, the DPP, rejects the One China policy and sees Taiwan as already being an independent and sovereign nation. While the party has constantly called for the enactment of a new constitution, it did not go as far as abandoning the name “Republic of China” when it was in power between 2000 and 2008.
Taiwan, where are you?
Taiwan, what do you want?
Taiwan, where are you going?
TAIWAN NEXT 現在決定未來! / Now determines the future!
Cue cover of Iz Kamakawiwoʻole’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow”
Tsai Ing-wen (voiceover)
一九八零年代 / During the 1980s
我是在倫敦經濟學院 / I was at the London School of Economics
我的老師 / My teacher
不斷的啟發我們 / endlessly inspired us
社會中有中一條理性的道路 / Society has a rational path
有一個扛起責任的政府 / a government that bears responsibility
打造一個均富永續的國家 / that forges an equitable and enduring nation
台灣要走向世界 / Taiwan must walk toward the world
我是台灣人 / I am Taiwanese
我是蔡英文 / I am Tsai Ing-wen
[Translation by Bevin Chu]