When I first arrived in Taiwan, I was oblivious to any present politics, but over the last few weeks I have been just as exposed as everyone to the many candidates vying for a seat in Taipei's government. It's is very similar to campaigning in the US I suppose... except that the compact city environment is more accessible than US suburbia. So, where as I may have never met a candidate running for office in Dallas, TX or Edmond, OK - I actually met 2 of the candidates here during the last week! Each candidate has advertisements with their identifying number... and since I can't read Chinese, I recognize each person as their number. I met #4 one day on my way to work...
|Politician (#4), greeting the city. Campaigners passing out tissue packets.|
Wishing good morning to all on their way to work.
[Side note - do you love the light shining down on him in this photo or what?!]
|Billboard I pass on my walk to work. (Note the bamboo construction)|
|Banners along a sidewalk.|
|This poor pedestrian bridge was suffocated with campaign ads!|