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My Book Taiwan: Snapshots of

Democracy in Action

台灣:我鏡頭下的民主時刻

Democracy makes all the difference between Taiwan and China. But Western media often ignore the world’s only ethnic Chinese democracy. Reading this richly illustrated book, you will be surprised to discover how vibrant democracy in Taiwan has become.

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Taiwan: Snapshots of Democracy in Action

Discover an Exciting Side of Taiwan: Democracy in Chinese

Taiwanese are not afraid to speak out, hit the streets and make their voices heard. Reporting from Taipei, I have been lucky enough to witness and capture many key moments. From the 2008 watershed election to the aftermath of the 2012 Taiwan elections, these are my snapshots of democracy in action.

生活在民主制度下的台灣民眾可以毫無恐懼地大聲表達自己的意見,他們在許多議題上意見相左,隨之賭上的代價也很高。

而這些年來,我非常幸運地見證了這些關鍵時刻。

從2008年台灣總統選戰開始一直到2012年大選過後,我用我的鏡頭記錄了實際行動所體現出來的民主,並且收錄在這本書中呈現給您們。

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What are the topics covered in the book?

The chapters are titled:

  • 2008 Presidential Election 2008年總統大選
  • A Blast From the Past 來自過去的打擊 (Honoring Chiang Kai-shek)
  • Political Popstar 政治明星 (President Ma Ying-jeou)
  • What’s in a Name? 名字算得了什麼? (Renaming Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall)
  • Welcoming the World 歡迎全世界 (Successful World Games and Deaflympics)
  • The Chinese Connection 兩岸關係 (Chinese tourists)
  • Standing Guard 堅守崗位 (Falun Gong)
  • An Open Society 一個開放的社會 (Asia’s biggest LGBT Pride Parade)
  • A President Disgraced 受到羞辱的總統 (Chen Shui-bian’s corruption case)
  • A Dictator Revered 受到尊敬的獨裁者 (Chiang Kai-shek souvenirs)
  • Economy vs. Environment 經濟 vs 環境 (Enviromental movement)
  • Places of Remembrance 紀念園區 (Prison Memorials: Jingmei, Green Island)
  • A nuclear-free homeland 非核家園 (Anti-nuclear protests after Fuskishima)
  • 2012 Presidential Election 2012年總統大選
  • On the Campaign Trail 競選之路
  • Decision Day 投票日
  • A Nation Divided 一個分裂的國家
  • Upholding Sovereignty 堅守主權

What do others say about the book?

  • Review at David on Formosa
    „A very useful introduction to Taiwan … It highlights the diverse and colourful nature of Taiwan’s civil society as well as its polarisation.“

Why am I doing this?

The aim of my work as a reporter is to raise more awareness for Taiwan. Democracy and a free society are here to stay. The complicated Taiwan-China relations often disctract from this simple fact.

自2008年以來,我持續從台灣提供報導給德國的平面、廣播以及電視等媒體。我試著去理解發生在我周遭的事情,希冀透過我的報導,最終能使世界對台灣及其民主多一點認識。

Support my work

If you enjoy reading the book, or if you appreciate my reporting from Taiwan, feel free to make a small contribution. Strictly voluntary, of course.

Thank you for your interest.

Klaus Bardenhagen