Welcome to Ketagalan Media’s 2016 Taiwan Presidential Inauguration Live! KM contributors Kevin Hsu, Gwenyth Wang, and William Yang will be commenting live on the inauguration of Dr. Tsai Ing-wen as the Republic of China’s 14th President.
We’ll be posting comments and photos from the event. There may be some delay between the event and posting times. Update: see video of the event in the embedded YouTube link.
GwenWang [9:02 AM]
albert.tseng [9:12 AM]
GwenWang [9:15 AM]
albert.tseng [9:17 AM]
I wonder how the ceremony might change, such as the staged intonations of the announcers, as members of the younger generation grow into formal roles in government and politics.
albert.tseng [9:20 AM]
I may be projecting, but as a Taiwanese American, I’m impressed by the clean style and state of the proceedings. I also appreciate the civilian attitude Tsai exudes, demonstrating the “civilian government” of a liberal democracy.
As President Tsai and Vice President Chen shake hands with dignitaries inside the inauguration hall, performances begin outside the Presidential Office:
kevinhsu [9:33 AM]
albert.tseng [9:34 AM]
kevinhsu [9:35 AM]
Now they are listing all the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Then various attempts by the Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch to colonize the land.
kevinhsu [9:37 AM]
A few oddities, such as describing the aboriginals as 純真 (innocent), or claiming they like to 唱歌、跳舞 (dance and sing). Way not to essentialize indigenous communities, sigh … nevertheless, still a very proud moment for all tribes to join in and be represented on stage.
williamyang [9:38 AM]
It’s interesting to see how the performance dedicates a significant part to the importance of aboriginal culture to the birth of Taiwan.
kevinhsu [9:40 AM]
Here comes the Qing Dynasty! In this narrative, Taiwan becomes a colony (殖民地) for the Manchus, literally galloping in on horseback. This is the first mention of “Mainland” China (大陸) entering the story. The skit cleverly describes “Mainland” culture using lion dancers, dragons, and dancers on stilts. At this point, the Hakka people enter the story as well.
kevinhsu [9:43 AM]
They are pointing to Matsu as the most important deity of Taiwan, refocusing the narrative on the island and its history again.