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Taipei Times Columnist Michael Turton Talks About the Taiwan Pineapple Ban by China Ep 119

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

Michael Turton is a political commentator, writer and Taipei Times columnist based in Taichung, Taiwan. I first learned about him through his long running blog, The View From Taiwan when I lived in Taiwan myself and started blogging about living there. I’ve invited him on to the podcast to talk about China’s recent Taiwan pineapple ban. We talked about what’s really behind the ban and how trade issues between China and Taiwan led to the 2014 Sunflower Movement and occupation of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan building.

CORRECTION: At 1:28 when Michael says “over in Xiamen” he meant to refer to Fujian. There several towns in Fujian- Yongfu and Qingliu but not Xiamen, that are now using agricultural techniques learned from Taiwan. See link to the CommonWealth Magazine article, “Is Taiwan’s Farm Sector Selling Out to China” for reference.

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

  • Why China banned pineapples imported from Taiwan
  • What has happened since the ban
  • How the ban will impact Taiwan
  • What are the larger issues behind what happened and why China banned Taiwan’s pineapples
  • What can people overseas can do to support Taiwan, aside from buying Taiwan pineapples
  • How consumption is related to Taiwanese identity
  • What trade issues with China have to do with the Sunflower Movement
  • What precipitated the occupation of the Legislative Yuan building by the Sunflower Movement activists in March 2014
  • How the caucus system in Taiwan is set up to slow down the legislature
  • The problems with Taiwan’s constitution
  • How the spat between then President Ma Ying-jeou and Speaker Wang Jin-pyng contributed to the occupation of the Legislative Yuan by the Sunflower Movement activists in March of 2014
  • How the Sunflower Movement strengthened the Taiwanese identity of a generation that grew up in a democratic Taiwan vs. those who previously grew up under Kuomintang rule in the 1970s and 80s

 

Related Links:

 

Taipei Times article, “PRC bans import of Taiwan pineapples”: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2021/02/27/2003752913

 

Taipei Times article, “China pineapple ban offset in four days”: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2021/03/03/2003753138

 

Guardian article, “Taiwanese urged to eat ‘freedom pineapples’ after China import ban”: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/02/taiwanese-urged-to-eat-freedom-pineapples-after-china-import-ban?fbclid=IwAR226v7PM6yXUM7UqWsPOyD_jwwpkQNKWpyFnXakMYUgDbtTNJd_OKsWxgc

 

Taiwan News article, “Japanese with ‘Taiwan pineapple fever’ empty store shelves”: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4145007?fbclid=IwAR0TLArguULOz7Y3iiZ0VIBHRjFrChPosZu8-fTbqxSJGxAnw6AKe7ANE1g

 

CommonWealth Magazine article, “Is Taiwan’s Farm Sector Selling Out to China”:

https://english.cw.com.tw/article/article.action?id=965

 

Michael Turton’s podcast, Taiwan Contexthttps://anchor.fm/taiwancontext/episodes/Taiwan-Context–Human-Rights-Defender-epmtsm

 

Michael Turton’s blog, The View From Taiwanhttps://michaelturton.blogspot.com/

 

Ian Rowen’s research on Chinese tour groups in Taiwan: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.ntu.edu.sg/dist/f/1564/files/2017/12/Rowen-2014-Tourism-as-territorial-strategy-x64350.pdf

 

Sunflower Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

 

An article about Taiwan’s pineapple industry in 1960: https://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=8%2C8%2C29%2C32%2C32%2C45&post=14054&fbclid=IwAR1bP4UHEg3rbTacOf9g9N4lPd7rQaSPFOWrcc1lR6a4GMIWV3KuOH6JV8I

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Felicia Lin is the Host and Producer of Talking Taiwan, a podcast which seeks to introduce you to interesting stories connected to Taiwan and the diverse individuals who make up Taiwan’s global community.

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