Sunday, November 25, 2012

Graphic of Taiwanese Political Change

I saw this neat poster at a cafe near campus recently.  It shows the political change in Taiwan over the last 100 years.  I think the "white with a red dot" should be obvious.  That's the Japanese period.  (Which started in 1895 actually.)  The blue refers to the KMT, the Chinese Nationalist Party, Chiang Kai-Shek's political party.  The green is the DPP, the Democratic Progressive Party.  They actually didn't entirely control Taiwan during the period depicted, since, I believe, the KMT still held a majority in the Legislative body during that time, but they did hold the presidency, and the president in Taiwan is a decently powerful position in the government.  The current president, Ma, has just started his second term.  You can see his first term in the picture where the last 4 Taiwans are colored blue.
Admittedly, this is a dramatically simplified version of the Taiwanese political situation, but as a graphic it's kind of cool.


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