Frank Hsieh campaigns in Taipei

I went to see DPP Presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) make a campaign stop in Taipei today. He came to Dihua Street (迪化街), in the old part of Taipei, to pray at the Xiahai City God Temple (霞海城隍廟). 

Frank Hsieh emerges from the City God Temple in Dadaocheng, Taipei

Frank Hsieh comes out of the temple after paying his respects.

Frank Hsieh gives a campaign speech at the City God Temple in Dadaocheng

He then gave a short speech to the crowd.  

Frank Hsieh giving a speech. The sign in the background means Go Taiwan!

The red sign in the background reads 台灣加油 (Táiwān jiāyóu) which means "Go Taiwan!" 

Frank Hsieh campaigns in Dadaocheng, Taipei

This picture gives an overview of the scene outside the temple.

Frank Hsieh gives a quick media interview before he leaves the City God Temple in Dadaocheng, Taipei

Before he departed he gave a quick media interview. The guys in the white jackets are security. Tonight Frank Hsieh will have another television debate with KMT candidate Ma Ying-jeou. 

*more photos at flickr and also check the Presidential Election 2008 group at flickr for more photos of campaign activities. 

5 thoughts on “Frank Hsieh campaigns in Taipei

  1. Andy, I don’t think we can rely on the polls in Taiwan. However, the feeling does seem to be that Hsieh is not running an effective campaign. I guess we’ll know the real answer on 22 March.

  2. Every non-political Taiwanese person I’ve spoken to seems to think there’s no way Hsieh can win. I think it’ll be the votes of these people that decide the election, as the hardcore supporters on each side kind of cancel each other out.

    Even if Hsieh managed to pull out a victory, would anything actually be able to be done during his term in office, considering how the legislature is so heavily stacked in KMT’s favor?

    I don’t think Taiwanese politics is mature enough yet to work in a bipartisan fashion, as has been demonstrated during Chen’s administration. I might be wrong on this, as I’m no expert and am pretty much illiterate in Chinese, so I have to rely on English translations to get my information.

  3. March 22 is the big day! 🙂

    I’m a California (Bay Area) resident, who along with his family (uncles, cousins, aunts) are all going back to during that week just to support Hsieh.

    Like the poster says (btw, nice photo!). “Add gas!!!”

  4. T. Han,
    Do you even know Hsieh’s platform and what he stands for? Does Mr. Hsieh even know himself? Or is “Frank” just too busy criticizing Ma for being “unpatriotic”. It’s ironic that Mr. Hsieh is the candidate with the English first name. 58-42, YES!!!

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