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I remember Mr. Lu Xun once said in his writing that only timid, self-complacent slaves are satisfied with their status and will never think of changing it. (The gist of what Lu said; I've forgotten the origin of his words.) Lu's great insight may serve the best description on the mindset of Taiwan today.
A Japanese noodle(ramen) franchise restaurant recently became a sensation overnight in Taiwan, and went viral online. Report said a franchisee has been set up in one of the most bustling districts in Taipei, Yungkang Street, where there have had already many a restaurant of gourmet food in the vicinity. Why did noodle-eaters rush in like hell as if they were going on a pilgrimage? Aren't there any extreme philo-Japanese sentiments haunted in their mind? I really doubt.
Another report indicates that Airport Transit Subway has lost TWD1.7 billion in only three months. Regardless of a deluge of professional advices that dissuade Cai administration to stop the so-called "pioneering plans" which focus mostly on railway construction, why does Cai still insist on carrying out the "plans"? Most of the critiques fail to point out the key reason. It is because Japanese companies and manufacturers must be the major purveyors to the construction when the "plans" are executed.
Well, ingratiating Cai and islanders, continue to be slaves and keep on pleasing your master.
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