FORMOSA: Broadening the Base

In Formosa's last general elections three years ago, the candidate who carried off the top political job of mayor of the capital of Taipei was no Kuomintang (government) party stalwart, but a hard-campaigning islander named Kao Yu-shu. Nationalist leaders, painfully aware that many Formosans (Taiwanese) resented the political control of the Chinese mainlanders, were quick to get the point. Overruling the advice of old-line ward bosses (who wanted to gerrymander Taipei into an independent city and make its mayor a political appointee), Kuomintang reform politicians set out to defeat Independent Kao...

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