Taiwan’s Election in Nicknames: Oyster Fart Versus Scoundrel Dog

With Asia’s freest internet, elections that have existential overtones for the country and highly engaged voters, nicknames for Taiwan’s presidential campaigns are by turns rude, irreverent, witty or imperious, sometimes all at once

TAIWAN POLITICS ELECTION Taiwan People’s Party presidential candidate Ko Wen-je at a press conference in Taipei on October 24, 2023. Ko Wen-je is frequently transformed into an oyster in online discourse because of the shellfish’s phonetic similarity to his family name. (Photo: I-Hwa Cheng/AFP)