you answered D, you should be writing this article, not me, for
you already understand the underlying social psychology of Taiwanese
separatism, better even than the Taiwan independence
look at the answers.
Because the Taiwan independence elite are Native Taiwanese
who were colonized in 1949 by Han Chinese the way Australia
and New Zealand were colonized by the British.
Taiwan separatist leaders fraudulently label themselves as Native
Taiwanese. They are not. They are Chinese. Most are from Fujian
province a mere 100 miles to the east. A minority are from Guangdong
province slightly further south. Taiwanese is not a language, merely
a regional dialect of Chinese. It is not even native to Taiwan,
but originates in the Ming Nan (South of the Ming River)
region of Fujian. The REAL Native Taiwanese are Aborigines
related to New Zealands Maori, who migrated to Taiwan in prehistoric
times, and whom early Chinese settlers drove into the mountains.
Taiwan independence is not an aboriginal rights movement and should
not be confused with the Hawaiian independence or American Indian
Because although the Taiwan independence elite are themselves
Chinese, they are like Americas Founding Fathers, and prefer
death to colonial oppression.
The American Revolution was motivated by political idealism. It
was a radical republican rejection of a monarchs economic
exploitation of a colonial population. (No taxation without
representation.) Americans of British descent who no longer
considered themselves British were not ashamed of or rejecting their
ethnic and cultural roots, they were inventing a revolutionary new
political and economic paradigm which necessitated the severing
of political ties with an obsolete form of governance.
independence on the other hand is not about anything
remotely so elevated. Quite the opposite. Far from rejecting colonialism,
Taiwan independence is about nostalgia for Japanese
colonial rule by Chinese collaborators with inferiority complexes
who prefer to be something they are not, Japanese, rather than what
they are, Chinese. It is about the neurotic need of an elite
ruling class of Chinese Quislings to deny their ethnic and cultural
identity (We dont want to be Chinese).
understand the mindset of the Taiwan independence elite, try to
imagine Jewish victims of the Shoah as militant Holocaust deniers.
Mind-boggling, I know, but truth is often stranger than fiction.
Merely one example: on orders from Lee Teng-hui, the ROC Ministry
of Education is busily engaged in Orwellian historical revisionism,
rewriting K-12 textbooks to echo textbooks in Japan, which whitewash
WWII Japanese war crimes while blaming China and other victims of
Because the Taiwan independence elite are principled champions
of free market capitalism, and reunification would mean they would
have to live under socialism.
When it looked as if communism was gaining the upper hand, Lee joined
the Taiwan Communist Party. Lees Communist Party membership
papers have been made public on TV talk shows both here in Taipei
and in Beijing. The irony is that if Lee had not been the craven
opportunist he is, he would not even be alive today to occupy the
office of ROC President. When the political winds abruptly shifted,
Lee saved his own miserable hide by ratting out the poor saps he
himself recruited, who were executed by firing squad.
shrilly pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) meanwhile,
is exactly what it sounds like, a left wing, populist, democratic
socialist party. Its rabid anti-business animus recently forced
Germanys Bayer corporation to pull out of Taiwan in disgust
after years of fruitless negotiations and millions in squandered
preliminary groundwork for a proposed pharmaceutical plant in DPP
anti-Communist Chiang Kai-shek was responsible for Taiwans
universally acknowledged and justly praised economic miracle.
His economic advisors, implementing the same kind of economic strategies
Ludwig Erhard used to breath life back into a West Germany leveled
by Allied bombing, transformed an impoverished, exploited Japanese
colony into one of the four Asian Tigers. His son and
successor Chiang Ching-kuo was responsible for Taiwans democratization.
The younger Chiang rescinded martial law, legalized opposition political
parties, and aggressively promoted Ming Nan, Hakka and Aboriginal
Taiwanese into positions of authority.
Teng-hui, on the other hand, contrary to what his high-priced Madison
Avenue image consultants have bamboozled the western media into
believing, contributed nothing to Taiwans economic and political
evolution. Soon after mentor Chiang Ching-kuos death, Lee
betrayed Chiangs tragically misplaced trust by turning Taiwan
into a nightmare version of Asian crony capitalism.
Lee Teng-hui is nothing less than Taiwans answer to Ferdinand
Marcos. His wife Tseng Wen-huis shopping expeditions to Japan
are legendary, and put Imelda to shame.
sole democratic reform was to change presidential elections
from indirect election by an American style Electoral College to
direct election by the general public. Whatever benefits may have
accrued from this procedural change have been offset negatively
many times over by Lees shredding of the ROC Constitution,
Lees undermining of Taiwans still shaky commitment to
the Rule of Law, and Lees flinging the doors of government
offices wide open to organized crime. According to Liao Cheng-hao,
former Minister of Justice who resigned last year in disgust, thirty
percent of Lee Teng-huis KMT legislators have triad (mob)
Beijing dying to impose communism on either Hongkong, Macao, or
Taiwan? Are you kidding? Just ask any diehard Marxists in the west
what they think of the current regime in Beijing. Theyll sputter
with apoplexy that contemptible Capitalist Roaders like
radical reformer Zhu Rongi have sold socialism down the river! Beijing
today doesnt even want socialism for the mainland, let alone
for Hongkong, Macao, or Taiwan.
should be abundantly clear by now that answers A through C are NOT
the real reason the Taiwan independence elite refuse to be reunited
Because the Taiwan independence elite are victim/victimizers
in a still unresolved Stockholm Syndrome identity crisis
with its roots in a half century of humiliating Japanese colonialism.
Go to the head of the class! The Taiwan independence
movements real reason for not wanting to be reunited with
China has nothing to do with ritual lip service the Taiwan independence
elite mechanically pay to freedom, democracy, or capitalism, but
rather with something about which they are in massive denial. It
is seldom dealt with honestly even here in Taiwan, and never abroad.
Taiwan independence is the Taiwan separatist elites collective
struggle with a variant of the Stockholm Syndromea fawning,
masochistic Japanophilia. Taiwan independence is the lingering aftereffect
of Japans soul-degrading 50 year colonial occupation.
1895 a newly invigorated, militarized Japan attacked a decadent,
defenseless Manchu China and extorted from China her offshore province
of Taiwan. In a heart-rending scenario straight out of Sophies
Choice, Taiwan Chinese learned their own government had sacrificed
them, albeit at gunpoint. Their feeling of bewilderment and disorientation
can only be imagined.
experience prompted an elite clique of Quislings on
Taiwan to totally identify with their colonial overlords and to
deny their Chinese-ness. Better an ersatz Japanese, they reasoned,
than a bona fide Chinese. After all, wasnt it more dignified
to be a second class citizen of the invincible Japanese juggernaut,
than to be a full-fledged citizen of an enervated China too impotent
even to prevent her people from being kidnapped and her territory
from being annexed? Everybody loves a champ, nobody loves a chump.
Lee Teng-hui was born into a family permeated with this Quisling
mindset, what the Japanese colonial government called a Guoyu
Jiating or National Language Family, meaning the
family worked for Japan, spoke Japanese, adopted Japanese names,
swore allegiance to the Japanese Emperor, and were politically
reliable. Lee himself has publicly repeated numerous times
that before age twenty-two he considered himself Japanese.
a news article entitled Taiwan President Lee Teng-huis
Tears, a Member of Japans Parliament after interviewing
Lee told the Japan Daily Post, Lee Teng-hui received
a Japanese education during Japanese occupation. His older brother
was a soldier in the Japanese Imperial Army and died in action .
The result is Lee Teng-hui is in his own heart and in his own eyes
even more Japanese than the Japanese. His yearning and homesickness
for Japan is intense.
WWII, each time news reached Taiwan that the Japanese Imperial Army
had scored another victory against American and Chinese troops in
the Pacific Theater, Lee Teng-hui would on his own initiative, without
any external coercion, rally classmates at Tamkiang High School
to hold pro- Japan victory marches, with himself leading the procession,
jubilantly waving a Japanese flag and shouting Banzai.
Taiwan independence Quislings like Lee Teng-hui, Peng Ming-min and
others lived lives of luxury and privilege in Kyoto and Tokyo by
selling out their fellow Chinese on Taiwan, Taiwanese men who refused
to actively collaborate were shipped off to the South Pacific as
slave labor constructing military bases or as cannon fodder on the
front lines. Taiwanese women were abducted and installed in brothels
to serve Japanese soldiers as sex slaves, subjected to year after
year of gang rape.
1987, when Chiang Ching-kuo died, ethnic harmony prevailed on Taiwan.
Millions of ordinary citizens, young and old, rich and poor, Ming
Nan, Hakka, Aborigine, and post-1949 arrivals from other provinces
all turned out for his funeral procession. People wept openly. The
depth of their gratitude was profound. The two Chiangs, authoritarian
warts and all, had spared the ROC from Maos madness and lifted
Taiwans people out of poverty. Taiwanese peasants formerly
ground under the heel of Japanese colonial overlords now drove Mercs
and Bimmers. Even animosity dating from the bloody 2-28 Incident
of 1947, deliberately incited by diehard Japanese right-wingers
who remained behind as Fifth Columnists to sabotage Taiwans
retrocession, was a thing of the past. Gradual but eventual German
style reunification with a post-Maoist, rapidly liberalizing mainland
was only a matter of time.
it did not take long for Lee Teng-hui, whom Chiang Ching-kuo made
the monumental error of entrusting to carry on his reformist legacy,
to betray his mentor, not to mention his Constitutional Oath of
Office. Unbeknownst to Chiang, reunification was the last thing
on Lees mind. (Actually reunification was on Lees mind,
only with Japan, not with China.) Now that Lee was president, he
would see that reunification with China never happened .
By the 1996 presidential election, Newsweeks Mr.
Democracy was openly inciting Ming Nan Chinese to hate post-1949
arrivals from other provinces, referred to misleadingly as mainlanders.
(In fact all ethnic Chinese on Taiwan are mainlanders.
Some arrived earlier, some arrived later. Only the Aborigines, which
constitute less than 2% of the population can claim to be Native
Taiwanese. Their status is akin to that of Polynesians in
Hawaii, now Americas 50th state.)
Lees encouragement, thuggish Taiwan independence cabbies assaulted
bewildered mainlander mothers with children in tow,
screaming Chinese pigs, get the hell back to the mainland!
Lees coded campaign slogan Taiwanese vote Taiwanese,
mainlanders vote mainlander, was merely the local component
of his larger anti-reunification strategy, which called for provoking
enough hatred against mainlanders and mainland China
that eventual reconciliation would be a political impossibility.
numbers routinely cited by separatists to prove popular
opposition to reunification are Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bians
payoffs for 1984 style Two Minutes Hate
campaigns. These orchestrated efforts have yielded blips in populist
mob sentiment dutifully archived for future use as separatist propaganda.
Respectable scholars and academics repeatedly decry this transparent
incitement of irrational hatred on TV talk shows, but the Taiwan
independence agitators simply ignore them and redouble their efforts.
the separatists chagrin however, and the Taiwan publics
immense credit, more sophisticated voters have more often than not
ignored their demagoguery and voted for the best man for the job
regardless of provincial origin. Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeous
resounding victory in 1998 over petty tribalist Chen Shui-bian,
who played the ethnicity card to the hilt, amounted
to a defacto rejection of petty ethnic prejudice among Taipeis
more cosmopolitan voters.
independence truly is an oxymoron. The Taiwan independence
leaders lips flap and ringing affirmations of independence
issue forth, but the Taiwan independence leaders insides are
incarcerated in a psychic prison of complete and utter dependency.
Dependent materially on the US Navys Seventh Fleet for their
independent political status, and dependent psychologically
on Japan for their sense of pseudo self-esteem as ersatz Japanese.
The Taiwan independence leadership has made zero effort to come
to terms with their unresolved issues through introspection. Instead,
they have taken their personal/collective psychological conflict
and externalized it as an international political conflict. Their
very real emotional pain, which deserves to be dealt with, but on
a therapists couch or in an encounter group, is instead on
the verge of being played out as deadly psychodrama on the battlefield.
author, historian and ex-political prisoner Li Ao, the pro- reunification
New Partys long shot presidential candidate, this week publicly
exposed KMT presidential candidate Lien Chans two sons and
son-in-law as draft evaders, granted special exemptions by the Ministry
of Defense. Apparently Vice President Liens princelings
lives are too precious to risk on the front lines fighting for the
independence Lee Teng-hui and his handpicked successor
Lien so self-righteously demand for Taiwan.
Ao also exposed DPP presidential challenger Chen Shui-bian as a
draft evader. Chen, a loudmouth Taiwan independence grandstander
whose attitude is Declare independence now! To hell with the
consequences! promptly went on TV, all weepy and teary-eyed,
pleading physical disability, which he helpfully demonstrated for
the television cameras by bending one elbow outward slightly farther
the Taiwan independence leaders ever come to terms with
their collective identity crisis is no ones affair but their
own. If the Taiwan independence elite decide they really prefer
to be Japanese rather than Chinese, they are free to emigrate to
Japan. Their indisputable right to make that choice will be honored.
But if they imagine patriotic Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan
Straits are going to stand idly by while they take a chunk of sovereign
Chinese real estate along with them, they have another think coming.
And if the Taiwan separatist elite expect a free lunch paid for
with American tax dollars and American blood, then it is time for
every sovereign American who values his own life and his own plans
for his future, to co-opt a slogan from the Sixties and shout Hell
no! We wont go!
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