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Old 05-23-2018, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Eh? what are you smoking? Taipei (Taiwan's flagship city) is seriously ugly, filthy and honestly very unappealing.

Some parts of Bangkok are much more glitzy than Taipei ever is.

Tokyo is just another world altogether.

Reality people - Taiwan is just a sh*thole.
No one gives a flying **** about how you feel. In case you haven't noticed, you, and your obsession on how superior Australia is, have established yourself quite a name in the Asia forum, and it's not a positive one.

Taiwan is similar to Thailand alright... I guess that explains the large number of Thai overseas workers in Taiwan. I wonder why they overlooked the Bangkok glitz and chose to come to this ugly, filthy ****hole.
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Old 05-23-2018, 02:32 AM
 
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If the ex presidents really did something wrong, then they ought to be jailed. That's less corrupt than having ex presidents who ought to be jailed but are not. It's also a different story if the opposition is in power and they are just jailed for political reasons and abuse of power.


Southeast Asia is more corrupt than South Korea or Taiwan. Thailand definitely is not at par with Taiwan. Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand might ought to be jailed but are able to get out of Thailand. If in another country, Ferdinand Marcos probably would've been executed or jailed rather than spent his last days in relative comfort in exile in Hawaii. And his wife and children shouldn't have been allowed to hold government positions again. Opposition leaders in Malaysia had been accused and jailed just due to sodomy charges. Other Southeast Asian countries, aside from Singapore, have even worse events.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:12 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Well. At least Korean politics have settled into a more peaceful way of dealing with those in positions of authority. In 1979 I was on a flight starting in San Francisco with a final destination in Singapore. We had a scheduled intermediate stop in Seoul.


About an hour or two into the flight the pilot announced that the then Korean leader General Park Chung-Hee had been assassinated and that our aircraft was returning to San Francisco as Seoul International Airport had been closed. Interesting times.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:43 AM
 
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Taiwan has only had four democratically elected presidents so Chen Shui-bian's arrest and imprisonment is significant. As a permanent resident of Taiwan my theory is that the bureaucracy/deep state isn't entrenched enough here yet in such a young democracy to shield members of the ruling class from accountability. Give it two hundred years or so to dig in though and the Chens of the future will be able to flout the law with impunity.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:06 AM
 
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I think corruption in the west is often overlooked because they are already in power and don't worry about descending into third world corruption mess, but East Asia needs to worry more because it has not room to maneuver.
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Old 06-14-2018, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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I think corruption in the west is often overlooked because they are already in power and don't worry about descending into third world corruption mess, but East Asia needs to worry more because it has not room to maneuver.
Oh, corruption in the West just takes different forms. They're called campaign donations. PACs.
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Old 06-15-2018, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I think corruption in the west is often overlooked because they are already in power and don't worry about descending into third world corruption mess, but East Asia needs to worry more because it has not room to maneuver.
Many countries in the west have descended into the third world corruption mess ... see Italy.
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