Battlepanda: Taiwanese Nazis


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Taiwanese Nazis

Isn't that an oxymoron, like "afgahnistani KKK"? I was very confused when I first heard about the phenomenon. But after writing a story on Taiwanese "National Socialism Association", I feel less shocked and more saddened.

One of the founder claimes to be moderate and not a racist. "Our goal is to turn Taiwan into a well-governed state like sweden or singapore," he said. So, erm, why all the Nazi regalia and worshipful allusions to Hitler and chinese translation of "Mein Kampf"?

"We are attracted to the feeling of unity of that period," he said, "isn't that why people joing political groups of any sort? That sense of belonging and togetherness?"

That was both so wrong, yet accurate in a way that it took me a beat to get back my bearings again.

UPDATE: Reuters and AP have both picked up on the story too. Reuters mistook the Hsu's internet handle for her name though, amusingly. Her internet handle, is "Joshua" translated into Chinese as "Yue Shu Ya" (約書亞), which reuters took to mean her surname is Yue! Forgivable on one level, but not really given her name is all over the Chinese (and English) language press. AP's Peter Enav does a good job though.