The two American defectors in North Korea, as profiled separately on “
” (or on one of the defectors if we don’t have time to watch both videos)
The issue of Taiwanese vs. Chinese identity for the people of Taiwan and its
China – pg 73-74
The March 2008 presidential election in Taiwan
Amid the backdrop of the Tibet crisis and intimidation by China, Taiwanese
voters went to the polls on March 22nd to elect a successor to President Chen Shui
Bian. The elections went off smoothly, orderly and justly, proving once again that
Taiwan’s democratic processes are in excellent shape.
The elections pitted Ma Ying-jeou and Vincent Siew of the main opposition
Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, against Frank Hsieh and Su Tseng-chang of
the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
A total of 13,103,963 votes were cast representing a voter turnout of nearly 80%.
7,658,724 votes were cast in favor of the KMT candidates and 5,445,239 in favor of the
DPP candidates (see table of election results below).
Ma Ying-Jeou of the KMT was elected president of Taiwan by a margin of 16,9%
of votes over DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh.
After learning the defeat, Hsieh sent his congratulations to Ma, bowed to the
supporters gathered in front of his campaign headquarters at 8:10 pm in Taipei, and
stated that he accepted the failure.
The election, officially the Election for the 12th-term President and Vice-President
of the Republic of China, constituted the fourth direct presidential election in Taiwan's
Key themes in the film “
clearly embraces, and almost idolizes, ramen as Japan’s
national dish, the movie also uses this food to articulate the anxieties and ambivalence
about national identity in Japanese society, demonstrating the power of food to both
construct individual (and/or national) identity and relationships between people (and/or
One of the main themes throughout
is the juxtaposition of Japan
versus the “West,” and the blurring of this identity. Japan’s identity is clearly signified by
the ramen dish, while other dishes such as spaghetti Bolognese signify the “West”. In
the movie, there is a scene taking place in a Western-style restaurant in which a group
of young Japanese women learn from a woman instructor how to eat spaghetti silently,
while a “Western” man loudly slurps his spaghetti (the way the Japanese eat ramen).
The scene so clearly symbolizes the social construction of food in national identity—The
instructor explains that in the “West” making even the tiniest sound while eating is
“absolutely taboo,” while being almost drowned out by the sounds of the “Western” man
slurping his noodles. In the end, all the women, including the instructor give up on trying
to be “Western” and avidly slurp their noodles with gusto, the true Japanese way. This
scene cleverly portrays the power of the social constitution of food—how the “proper”