Tsai fin­ishes US tour with talks at Face­book, Stan­ford


On the last day of pres­i­den­tial hope­ful and Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen’s ( ) U.S. tour, Tsai and her del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Face­book head­quar­ters in Sil­i­con Val­ley, San Fran­cisco on June 8, com­menc­ing talks on elec­tion cam­paign man­age­ment on the popular so­cial me­dia plat­form.

In an in­ter­view af­ter the meet­ing with Face­book ex­ec­u­tives, Tsai shared her thoughts about Face­book, say­ing it is not only quite use­ful for po­lit­i­cal par­ties lack­ing a strong re­source backup, but that its cor­po­rate cul­ture is well worth study­ing.

The so­cial me­dia plat­form is also per­fect for en­cour­ag­ing Tai­wan’s blos­som­ing democ­racy, as the DPP can share in­for­ma­tion di­rectly on Face­book.

El­liot Schrage, Face­book’s vice pres­i­dent of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and public pol­icy, led the Face­book ex­ec­u­tives’ pre­sen­ta­tion with Tsai, dis­cussing meth­ods of max­i­miz­ing Face­book’s us­age in po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns, such as cre­at­ing the type of con­tent that could gain the most views and shares.

One par­tic­u­lar project that caught the chair­woman’s at­ten­tion was a tag-team ef­fort be­tween lo­cal non profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and the gov­ern­ment to help pre­vent sui­cides through Face­book. An­other take­away from the meet­ing that was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant was the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing an “au­then­tic voice” through posts, Tsai said.

The chair­woman and her del­e­ga­tion also took part in a fo­rum at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity on the topic of U.S-Tai­wan in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion, and ar­rived in Tai­wan last night.

Em­pow­er­ing Over­seas Sup­port­ers amid

Tri­als Back Home

On the evening of June 7, Tsai gave a speech in San Fran­cisco for over­seas Tai­wanese, in a fi­nal move to em­power sup­port­ers in the U.S.

Tsai con­cen­trated on na­tional af­fairs in Tai­wan, stat­ing that the pro­posal to lower the vot­ing age to 18 was a to­ken of trust to­ward the younger gen­er­a­tion, and she im­plored the rul­ing party not to treat the pro­posal as a po­lit­i­cal bar­gain­ing chip.

The chair­woman mainly re­sponded to the Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ment Com­mit­tee’s (CAC) last meet­ing that came to a close on June 8, re- sult­ing in 34 drafts that will be sent for fur­ther ne­go­ti­a­tions among the rul­ing and op­po­si­tion par­ties, with the pro­posal of low­er­ing the vot­ing age among them.

For the drafts to un­dergo a ref­er­en­dum, which is set to be­come com­bined with next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, ne­go­ti­a­tions need to be fi­nal­ized be­fore the par­lia­ment goes into re­cess next week.

In other news, in re­sponse to Tsai’s seek- ing com­mon ground while agree­ing to dif­fer on the “1992 Con­sen­sus,” Kuom­intang (KMT) Chair­man Eric Chu( ) said that the chair­woman “must give a clear ex­pla­na­tion” of her stance based on the R.O.C. Con­sti­tu­tion upon her ar­rival in Tai­wan.

In­de­pen­dent pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Shih Ming-teh ( ) also blasted the chair­woman’s am­bi­gu­ity again, say­ing “it’s like she never said any­thing.”


Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Tsai Ing-wen ( ) gives a thumbs-up while hold­ing a Face­book “Like” sticker on June 8 at Face­book head­quar­ters in the U.S. Tsai paid Face­book head­quar­ters a visit on the last day of her U.S. tour.

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