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RE: hakka: Hakka and Taiwan election
1. The new Vice President, Ms. Lu is a Hoklo, not Hakka. Taoyuan County has
a mixed population of Hakka and Hoklo. I guess higher percentage of Hoklo
means lower % votes for Song, compared to Hsinchu and Miaoli counties.
Pintung County is only significant for Hakka historically but now has low
Hakka population. That's maybe why Chen SB won.
2. Chen SB was said to have Hakka ancestor, so-called Hoklo-Hak, meaning
Hakka assimilated by the majority of Hoklo in the neighborhood/community.
Note that Li YuanZhe is from Hsinchu County but he is a Hoklo.
3. There were more issues about reform or stability, as well as new party vs
old black money in this election. Unification/independence was a lesser
From: S. L . Lee [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2000 1:35 PM
To: Jonathan Teoh
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: hakka: Hakka and Taiwan election
I was asking a question. I am trying to answer that but my answer may not
be right. I would like Hakka friends from Taiwan to comment on it. I
believe Chen failed to gain the majority of Hakka votes because of his
Independence stand. Whether it is fear of war, need of stability, or loyalty
to a unified China is unknown. But it even overrides Chen's contribution to
Hakka culture. I assume Lu is a Hakka since she was the magistrate of
Taoyuan for two terms. But even she could not win Taoyuan. This is worth
On the campaign of the candidates in Hakka counties, go to Yahoo (Chinese or
Taiwan), select news, and then use search keyword "Hakka" (in Chinese font).
There are a lot of entries. It is worth reading how the three candidates
compete for Hakka votes.
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