Politics

台灣的階級流動與身分群體

社會流動的可能性在已開發國家中一直是備受爭論的主題。美國一度被譽為實現「美國夢」的國度,人們只要工作夠勤奮就能往上爬,因為那兒有著大量的發展機會。然而,「美國夢」早已證實了是一場泡影,對於拉丁美洲裔移民或許多非裔美國人來說更是刻骨銘心。種族不平等及相應的階級分層揭示了殘酷的事實:來到美國日以繼夜工作的人,不一定能夠達到理想的生活,反倒是常常在許多方面都被刻板印象定型,甚至遭受歧視,無論他們多有才華。階級分化與分層並非美國獨有的現象。當我們回看今天的台灣,階級流動的停滯可說是青年世代所面臨最急迫的問題。

選舉掃描

距離 2014 年底大選約莫還有三個月的時間,但自今年初起,選舉新聞已經大舉佔領各類媒體。雖然年底舉辦的大選包含六都直轄市市長、其他縣市長及議員等,但媒體矚目且曝光度最高的仍是台北市與新北市首長的爭奪戰。新北市的候選人仍是依循傳統藍綠分庭抗禮,就選戰本質來說並無太大新意,而台北市長選情及候選人相較之下則讓人想要看看「究竟這些人要怎麼玩下去」。

Taiwan Minus the KMT?

Following the Sunflower Movement, there have been voices have now begun to speak of eliminating the KMT. And it must be wondered what exactly a Taiwanese political spectrum devoid of the KMT would look like. After all, having existed for the entire duration of what we can speak of as “Taiwanese politics,” it is hard to imagine what Taiwanese politics, period, would look like minus the KMT

Gendered Politicians

When it comes to politicians, what is the first image that comes to mind? I would presume it is a man with an assertive attitude, high self-esteem and confidence, and who might occasionally talk aggressively. However, recently more and more women are participating in politics. What if I were to ask you to imagine a female politician? I bet the characteristics associated with this image of a female politician will be similar to the first image of the male politician.

媒體下的政治人物伴侶形象

對於政治人物的另一半,我們常抱持著一些既定的印象。藉由此次臺北市長選舉兩位主要候選人的另一半,讓我們有機會思考到底這樣的印象源自何處,以及如何影響我們對於女性在公/私領域中應該扮演何種角色的想像。一位候選人的伴侶從小養尊處優,留美回台之後短暫有過正式職業旋即嫁為人妻,成了一個專職太太/媽媽;另一位候選人的伴侶則如同大多數生長在台灣的女性,婚後依舊保有職業婦女的角色,在工作與家庭兩個領域間來回奔波數十年。在此我無意看低專職太太/媽媽這個角色,也不是想要誇大職業婦女的辛勞與面臨的衝突,但這兩個女人讓我們看到公領域仍存在強烈的性別偏見及刻板印象。

Power and Discourse

Over the last thirty years, there’s been a slowly manifesting trend in regard to Taiwan’s international position, a series of processes that amount collectively to a single linear motion, and which offers no small indication of the future of Taiwanese democracy