Newspaper article China Post

Social Movements Can Reflect the Good and Bad of Taiwan

Newspaper article China Post

Social Movements Can Reflect the Good and Bad of Taiwan

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A military green jacket is a necessity for people who love Taiwan. No matter where you stand on the "Sunflower Movement," you should take a look at this military green jacket. Once you put it on, your mind clears up immediately and your speech becomes methodical. You will not hesitate to speak up in front of a crowd. An excellent jacket, a jacket that combines fashion and hot topics.

All of the above are lines from an Internet advertiser promoting a jacket on sale, a jacket similar to what Sunflower Movement leader Lin Fei-fan ([...]) wore during the protest.

This is just one of the issues in Taiwanese society reflected in the Sunflower Movement: Taiwan gets too obsessed with one particular topic or object because people and the media constantly discuss it. When it happens, some people seize the opportunity to make a quick profit, from the egg tart sensation that resulted in countless egg tart stores shutting down to the yellow rubber duck sculpture that resulted in millions of yellow rubber duck-themed goods being sold nationwide. It sometimes seems like Taiwanese people never give up a chance to make money. However, with this tendency, the meaning behind the source of the trend sometimes gets twisted.

There are more revelations about Taiwanese society that can be discovered from the Sunflower Movement. One is that even though Taiwan is ruled by laws, most people value personal feelings and human interaction more. There are pros and cons to this national characteristic. Taiwan is known for being a friendly place because of this. However, when people were evicted from the Executive Yuan by the police after occupying it, many people focused on the violent actions of the police.

Discussions about whether or not the measures taken by the police to evict people from the Executive Yuan were appropriate and necessary, but it is also true that those people should not have rushed into the Executive Yuan and destroyed objects inside.

The Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement has caused many people to express their opposition. Some people claimed that the pact could allow more mainland Chinese workers to move to Taiwan, which would decrease the amount of job opportunities for Taiwanese people. …

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