Jackie Chan's latest film The
is one of the best box office hits in China during
the National Day/Moon Day holiday
When Mr. Chen Shuibian was re-elected as the president
of Taiwan immediate after the event of belly shooting, Jackie
Chan reportedly branded the democracy of Taiwan style
A Joke of Sky Proportion (天大的笑话), with which he
made himself quite unpopular in Taiwan.
But before long many people in Taiwan apparently indeed
believe that they have made a fool of themselves by electing
an alleged theft accomplice. And they rose in rebellion.
Yet a defiant Mr Chen did not budge.
Taiwan has descended into chaos ever since. The people
are divided along the colour lines, into the blues, the
greens and the oranges; and along the time lines, into
the categories of the natives, the earlier settlers and
the later migrants.
The authentic Taiwan natives are ethnic Gaoshan people,
who have long been pushed to earn a living off unfertile
land in deep mountains. The majority of the members of
the so-called native party Minjindang, are actually the
descendants of the earlier settlers from Fujian province,
that includes Chen Shuibian. After pushed the aborigines
into the margin, some of the descendants of the earlier
settlers portrait themselves as the indigenous people and
turn against the later comers who are mainly from other
parts of China. Imagine this kind of farce occurs in America
or Australia, where the white settlers claim they are the
natives and they have the right to discriminate the new
migrants … Bet they would be condemned by the whole world.
A party, that is based on a bold lie about its true identity
and has been working tirelessly on dividing the society
into opposing groups and openly discriminates against those
who do not belong to it, has hardly anything in common
with the principles of the Democracy. In fact, its ascending
to the power in itself is the biggest mockery and ridicule
to the Taiwan’s democratic progress. If a ritual of voting
alone, even a fraud voting, constitutes democracy, then
the value of the democracy may should be reassessed.
So Jackie Chan upgraded Taiwan style democracy to The
Joke of the Universe (宇宙的笑话)
Yesterday, on the national day ceremony, Mr. Chen gave
a solemn speech in which he accused the Chinese government
of not listening to what people have to say ("being
a dictator") and of making threats of violence against
During his talk, the parliament blues (the representatives
of the opposition party) and the parliament greens (the
representatives of the governing party) were once again
engaging in violent exchanges of punches and grunts. It
was quite a show when those middle-aged men and women fought
tooth and nail, literally, as if they were a bunch of kindergarten
tots: pulling hairs, grabbing collars … mommy, mommy, he
slapped my wrinkled face … daddy, daddy, she kicked my
Democracy of Taiwan Style:
Democracy or Democrazy?
Around the group-fighting scene, over a million reds (people
in red outfit) repeated their daily demand that Mr. Chen
must quit his office, to which Mr. Chen has refused to
listen for months, and determined not to listen, not in
the foreseeable future.
A leader to his people: I'm here, catch
me if you can
So for the foreseeable future, the folks in Taiwan will
have to endure a "dictator" who refuses to listen
to what people have to say, and live under the threat of
violence that could erupt at any moment on the parliament
Wonder what Jackie Chan has to say now, ‘cause there seems
no room for a further upgrade. Beyond universe, what else?