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Subject: soc.culture.taiwan FAQ (part 4/6) -- Politics
This article was archived around: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 02:36:03 GMT
"SOC.CULTURE.TAIWAN" FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS -- POLITICS
Tung-chiang Yang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
***** FAQ'S OF SCT *****
* (P. 1) What do these abbreviations mean?
* (P. 2) Are there any Internet accesses for the major political
parties in Taiwan?
* (P. 3) Is it New Party or Chinese New Party?
* (P. 4) Are there any Internet accesses for political figures in
(P. 1) What do these abbreviations mean?
228 A massacre taking place on February 28, 1947 in Taiwan. Due to
the corruption in the provincial government which took over
Taiwan from Japanese control, the news about the mistreatment
by the police of a Taiwanese female selling smuggled cigarettes
sparked uprisings in major cities in Taiwan, which resulted in
the armed suppression ordered by then-governor CHEN, Yi. A lot
of Taiwanese intellectuals were arrested and prosecuted, and a
lot of people who just relocated themselves from Mainland China
became scapegoats and were killed or injured. Civilian
historians estimated widely from 10,000 to 30,000 casualty,
while the estimate from government officials is much less.
This tragic incident more or less resulted in a "White Terror"
period, which lasted for around 30 years during which people
related politics with a taboo.
AIT American Institute in Taiwan, a non-profit civil organization
serving the purpose of a "pseudo-embassy" of the US in Taiwan.
BSR "Ben Shen Ren", or "Inside Province People" literally, means
"native provincials" which refers to the people "originating"
from Taiwan instead of Mainland China. Roughly most people
believe those arriving in Taiwan before the 1945 ROC takeover
or so are considered BSR. Their offsprings are also considered
BSR, though now there are a lot of marriages between BSR's and
WSR's. Refer to "WSR" for more information.
CCK CHIANG, Ching-kuo, the son of CKS who succeeded CKS as the
leader of ROC and KMT after CKS' death in 1975. He died in
CCP Chinese Communist Party, currently the governing party in PRC
CKS CHIANG, Kai-shek, the leader of ROC and also KMT since the
1930's. He died in 1975.
DPP Democratic Progressive Party, currently the largest opposition
political party in Taiwan.
DXP DENG, Xiao-ping, the person who opened China's economy to the
world while maintaining the communism control. He died in
EU Eventual Unification (with China), maybe currently the moderate
status quo proposal winning the most support in Taiwan because
it does not promote any sudden change, as compared to TI and U.
This proposal puts off the discussions about TI and/or U until
the time when China can catch up with Taiwan both economically
and politically (in terms of democracy). Refer to "TI" and "U"
for more information.
FAPA Formosan Association for Public Affairs, an association based
in District of Columbia, USA which promotes freedom and
democracy for the people of Taiwan. It believes the people of
Taiwan should be given the opportunity to vote for
KMT Kuomingtang, or Nationalist Party, the current governing party
in ROC government.
LTH LEE, Teng-hui (Deng-hui), the current President of ROC and also
Chairman of KMT, who succeeded CCK after his death in 1988 as
Vice President then.
MAC Mainland Affairs Council, the agency in ROC government which
deals with the policies toward Mainland China.
NP New Party, currently the second largest opposition political
party in Taiwan.
NT New Taiwan (Dollars), often seen as "NT$", the official
currency used in Taiwan.
PLA People's Liberation Army, the name used for the army of PRC.
PRC People's Republic of China, the current effective government in
RMB Renminbi (people's money), the official currency used in
ROC Republic of China, the current effective government in Taiwan.
ROT Republic of Taiwan, the proposed name for Taiwan should TI
SCT "soc.culture.taiwan", the newsgroup you are currently reading.
SEF Straits Exchange Foundation, a civilian association in ROC
which plays the "white gloves" when ROC wants to negotiate with
PRC without violating its current laws and policies.
TAIP Taiwan Independence Party, which aims for building a new and
independent Republic of Taiwan and defending for the right of
Taiwan citizens and their offsprings to look for democracy,
freedom, safety, justice and benefits.
TI Taiwan Independence. One of the political proposals made by
some people in Taiwan who claim that Taiwan should be
independent of China, and that Taiwan should abandon the
current name "ROC" if it wants to participate in the world
Officially the ROC does not support this idea and claims it
will simply bring disaster to the residents in Taiwan; instead
it promotes the idea that "the ROC is different from the PRC".
The PRC views TI and this ROC policy as approaches to
independence, and vows to use force should Taiwan ever announce
Note that a lot of problems arise because of the confusion over
"Taiwan = (or !=) ROC" and "CCP = (!=) PRC". Refer to "EU" and
"U" for more information.
U "U" here refers to the Chinese Unification, the counterproposal
to TI. Refer to "EU" and "TI" for more information.
WSR "Wai Shen Ren", the opposite of BSR, means the "visiting
provincials" which is for the people arriving in Taiwan after
1945 or so. Their offsprings are also considered WSR, though
marriages between BSR's and WSR's have already blurred this
classification. Refer to "BSR" for more information.
WUFI World United Formosans for Independence, an organization which
is dedicated to the establishment of a free, democratic and
independent Republic of Taiwan.
(P. 2) Are there any Internet accesses for the major political parties in
For New Party, you can try the mailing list at
"email@example.com". To start the subscription, you can send an
E-mail to this address with subject "[HELP]" to know more about the
mailing list. The '[' and ']' marks are required.
The mailing list for New Party is run by a computer server program,
not by a human being. Therefore the syntax for the "Subject:" line of
your E-mail must satisfy the specified format for your message to get
New Party sets up its homepage at
Unfortunately, it supports Chinese Big-5 code only.
Friends of New Party in Los Angeles also set up a Web site at
The San Francisco site, "http://www.np.org", is reported closed.
For Nationalist Party (KMT), you can try their homepage at
You can also visit the homepage for KMT Overseas Dept. Office in
Midwest U.S.A. at
The homepage for DPP can be found at
DPP branch in Taipei also set up a Web site at
Taiwan Independence Party (TAIP) sets up its homepage at
(P. 3) Is it New Party or Chinese New Party?
It is New Party, one of the major political parties in Taiwan. On
March 31, 1995, New Party replied the author's querry that
"...... The English name for New Party is 'New Party' instead of
'Chinese New Party'. We have already made many clarifications
with the media by repeated announcements. By the way, please
also announce for us that the name in the registration certificate
with Ministry of the Interior is 'New Party' ......"
(P. 4) Are there any Internet accesses for political figures in Taiwan?
For Mr. LIEN, Chan, current premier of ROC government, you might reach
him by E-mail at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or
"email@example.com" . You can also try the WWW page at
For Mr. SUNG, Chu-yu, Governor of Taiwan Province, you can reach him
For Mr. CHEN, Shui-bian, Mayor of Taipei City, you can reach him at
For Mr. WU, Den-yih, Mayor of Kaohsiung City, you can reach him at
You might also reach Legislator YEN, Ching-fu (D) at the address
Taiwan Provincial Assembly and Kaohsiung City Council have created the
homepages for each assembler and counciler. Kaohsiung City Council
also assigned the E-mail addresses to each counciler. You can go to
their respective homepages to find the addresses.
Mr. PENG, Ming-ming's supporters in North America set up the Web site
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