Over the past few weeks an unusual sound has been heard in the streets throughout Taiwan- the sound of sound cars, random street rallies and firecrackers. It's election time again in Taiwan. To the Western observer some of these practices may seem a little outdated, some similar to the election campaigns of the 1950's in America.
While politicians in the US seem bent on discrediting the reputation of their rivals, Taiwan candidates seem to be a bit milder in their approach. Most of these political hopefuls are pictured against a scenic grove of trees holding a young child. Many times it seems these pictures were taken several years ago or have undergone a lot of Photoshop editing because when seen in person the candidate doesn't always look as good as his portrait.