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"For the four Chinese-speaking regions — Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Mainland China — the longer the colonization, the more advanced a place is. It’s rather embarrassing. Singapore is better than Hong Kong; Hong Kong is better than Taiwan; Taiwan is better than the mainland. I’m speaking in terms of culture. I’ve been to Vietnam and mainland China. Even though the Vietnamese are seemingly poor, they always stop in front of red traffic lights and walk in front of green ones. Even though mainland China’s GDP is higher than that of Vietnam, if you ask me about culture, the Vietnamese culture is superior."

-- Ko Wen-je 柯文哲, the trauma physician and medical school professor who was elected mayor of Taipei in November 2014, speaking to Foreign Policy, in an interview published January 29, 2015. Ko ran as an independent and is highly critical of the role of parties and corporations in Taiwanese politics.


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