Sunday, July 22, 2012
a recent report states that several prominant journalists in south korea are resigining, claiming government interference with the content of their reporting. one only has to look at korean pop music to know that the gov has it's hand in it: ditzy, cheap dance routines of 5 or more boys/girls with very shallow childish melody and instrumentation. one also only has to be in korea a short time to see that westerners aren't so welcome. the news routinely shows negative stories about foriegners, the type korean americans would scream out against if the tables were reversed. also the past decade has been one where korea has been nationalistcally claiming it invented everything that was once the domain of chinese culture. they have even claimed confucious as being korean. korea is an extreme nationalist state, wiht the government infiltrating every facet of korean life. it is beleived by some that sun yung moon( moonies cult) is actually a creation of the south korean CIA. will taiwan become like korea? it's already there, but less obvious. look at the total monopoly that bubblegum pop has in this country. look at the shallow reporting on TV.look at the near total infantilisation of the populace. look at the negative images of foreigners being thrown in our faces ad infinitum. look at the racial slurs being said on national TV and in advertising. ask the average taiwanese how "great" his country is. ask them who ran the japanese off, and they'll say chiang kai shek (the japanese had left WAY before he got here). this is what "truth about taiwan" has been warning of all along. it's what I saw pretty much the day i got here. taiwan people, you are in the matrix. wake up!
Posted by lin at 8:11 PM
Sunday, July 1, 2012
taiwan went thru a huge transformation politically in the past 20 years with the abolishment of the monopoly that the KMT had on elections. though i find neither party to be to my tastes, at least there is a two, and some would argue three, party system in place. however, the remnants of the old system, aka the security apparatus of the KMT, are still around. and my guess is, it's run by hardline to medium hardline oldtimers connected to at least as far back as the chiang jing gouh administration. this security apparatus includes the bureau of cultural affairs,which dictates guidelines for how they want culture to go, ie., government approved infantilism to make the masses easy please/ easy manage. i divide this security apparatus into cultural and police activities. the cultural part includes, as stated above, the cultural affairs office and the news media, which recieve their marching orders from the culture office. the police activities include "watchers"-people who are paid to do nothing more than watch and listen to what's going on around the neighborhood. if you're a foriegner, you ARE or at least have been watched at one time or another. every large police station has a cop whose job it is to watch foreigners. that's all he does. you can be sure that your name/picture is in his database. watching you may include wiretapping and other forms of electronic survelliance. what's wierd is, the really fucked up foriegners get off scot free. that's because they fit the image of "foriegner" that taiwan wants its people to see so they can feel superior to them, or to create a kind of foreigner envy. then there are some foreigners who keep getting the shitty end of the stick. their job gets taken away suddenly,friends they once had suddenly act as if they've heard a bad rumor, and the phone at home has strange clicks. a friend of mine recently lost his job. he was told suddenly that his teaching contract will not be renewed. and i wonder if it has to do with me. hope not. a lot of survelliance that you see is just for that- so they can show you they're watching you. it's a form of intimidation to make you stand down. well, here at truth about taiwan, we're standing up. we want to see the dismantling of this wicked system once and for all.
Posted by lin at 6:04 PM