[新聞] 自嘲「土包子進哈佛」 韓國瑜演講中英文 at HatePolitics


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3.新聞內容︰高雄市長韓國瑜美東時間11日下午到哈佛大學閉門式演講及座談,韓以「The Power of
Down to Earth —They Talk the Talk, I Walk the Walk」發表英文演說,韓自我解嘲

The Power of Down to Earth —They Talk the Talk, I Walk the Walk
Good afternoon, Director Szonyi, Director Goldstein, ladies and gentlemen,
this is my greatest honor and pleasure to be here today and to begin with, I
would like to express my appreciation for the long term friendship between
the United States and the R. O. C., and for the support from the US
government and its people, so we can engage and cooperate closely. I am more
than honored to have this amazing opportunity standing at this podium, in
front of the distinguished scholars at the Fairbank Center for Chinese
Studies, the most esteemed institution of Chinese Studies in the world, to
share my story and to talk about what I think and what I want to do as Mayor
of Kaohsiung.

In Taiwan, there are a lot of people calling me a “produce vendor.” Mainly
because I worked in a local agricultural products marketing company before I
ran in the Mayor election. The media often describes me with the term “down
to earth,” and few individuals even name me “country bumpkin” for my
humble origins, and my rather direct and unrefined language. Well today, this
bald country bumpkin from Taiwan is standing before you, on the campus of one
of the most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard! A few months ago,
many could not have imagined this, even in their wildest dreams!

What brings me to Harvard today, is the fact that last November, I won an
election in Southern Taiwan that nobody thought I could possibly win.
Besides, people are saying that I single-handedly reshaped the politics of
Taiwan. They are calling this wide-spread political current the “hanliu” or
“Han wave.”

However, I don’t believe in “hanliu” or “Han Wave” because I know very
well that what brings me to the Mayor position and to speak to you today, is
not me as an individual, but is the will of the people. People in Taiwan,
especially in Kaohsiung, have had enough of the unproductive government,
enough of all the nonsense of ideological manipulation, and enough of
pathetic politicians who only talk without making worthy actions.

The reason behind our success, is not because I am at any rate a great
person. It is because Taiwans current ruling party is not doing a good job.
They have disappointed the people, so the people want something different. In
fact, the people of Taiwan dislike not just the DPP, but they are tired of
all of traditional politicians. Especially those politicians who come up with
fancy slogans and empty promises. They dont know, and they dont care what the
people really need. They only talk the talk, but me, I walk the walk.

I walk to the people from all walks of life, with an emphasis on socially
vulnerable groups. I insist to stay overnight in different folks’ places
once a month, to get close to their real life. I have stayed in an orphanage,
a fisherman’s association, a taxi driver’s home and will stay in many others
’ places as well. I also walk to the world, to Mainland China, to Southeast
Asia, to America and hopefully to more other places in the world. This is not
because I like to be Mr. Fogg who travelled around the world in 81 days, but
because Kaohsiung deserves more visibility and opportunities. Kaohsiung has
been isolated and closed off for too long. As a result, the economy and
population are sadly declining. We need to walk out to the world to promote
our produce and products, to attract more visitors, and to carry out what I
advocate loudly for, “Export Goods Out, Welcome People In, Let Kaohsiung
Prosper!” 貨出得去、人進得來、高雄發大財!

You might be curious how come I am so down to earth and not a stereotypical
politician. Actually, once, I was one of the politicians people look down on.
I had been councilor and congressman for over 10 years. And one day, I came
to face the truth that I didn’t do a good job as a politician, so I just
decided not to run for the next round of elections. Therefore, I fell out of
the upper down to the earth. I have been down to earth ever since and stayed
on it as a Mayor now. I know what the people really want – I was one of
them, I had hope for the government, that the people in power can do good
things for us. I know deep down peoples needs are simple and humble. People
want to enjoy peace and security; want a government that can get things done;
want to make money; and most importantly, want to have good life.

When I first settled in Kaohsiung, I worked as Director of KMTs Kaohsiung
Chapter and we had no funding at all. The DPP had ruled Kaohsiung for more
than 20 years, so no one thought I was even close to winning. I had a very
hard time raising campaign funds. So when I announced to run for the Mayor
election, I went with the slogan “one bottle of water and one bowl of pork
rice.” That was all I could provide to the supporters at rallies and
gatherings – and most of the time, no pork rice, only a bottle of water!
Yet, the reason I did that was not only because we were short of money, but
also because I would like to do things differently. I will not be the
politician that people dislike anymore. “One bottle of water” is totally
against the traditional way of campaigning. Theres an old saying that “you
dont need to learn how to win an election as long as you have money.” Back
then a lot of people in Kaohsiung warned me that it would be impossible to
win the election. I had nothing and my hands were empty, so that made me a
non-stereotypical candidate. I was down to earth, down with the crowd and got
closer to them. The people who came to my rallies and gatherings were not
there for give-away gifts or buffets, they came to support!

What did I give them in return for their support? A response, a response to
their worries and anxiety, a response so outspoken that only a country
bumpkin would say it out loud to the people: we want to make big money! You
are probably familiar with my campaign slogan, “Export Goods Out, Welcome
People In, Let Kaohsiung Prosper.” And “100% for better economy and 0 % for
political calculations.” Right now, Taiwan is full of political calculations
especially in the Cross Straits policies. As a sad result, Taiwans economy
has been totally compressed with no room to grow. I have listened to the
people, and that is not what they want! What people really want are better
incomes, good livings, peace with Mainland China, and mutual respect. That is
why I am doing 100% for a better economy and 0% for political calculations.

In the meantime, as a region that is heavily trade oriented, our worst
nightmare is to be marginalized. When countries around the world are actively
promoting free trade, signing free trade agreements and engaging in regional
economic integrations, Taiwan is excluded, and that is not okay for our
economic development. The complications and difficulties of achieving
regional economic integration is based on the relationship across the Taiwan
Straits. To any political leader of Taiwan, the biggest challenge is to
maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits, and to ensure Taiwan
is not excluded from important international activities.

No one wishes to live in instability and chaos. We are all very clear that
the only military threat to Taiwan comes from Beijing. Like Ive said time and
again, we have no doubt that the people of Taiwan are determined to strive
for democracy. Yet at the same time, we must not doubt the Beijing’s
determination for unification. While it is important to strengthen our
defense capabilities, we must not blind ourselves to the fact that Beijing
has immense military powers. What we must to do is to strive for peaceful
coexistence with Mainland China, and to use wisdom to avoid potential
conflicts. This is what the people of Taiwan need. We need to face the fact
that Mainland China has risen, and to avoid unnecessary confrontations. After
all, “War has no winners and peace, no losers.”

Yet in these 3 short years, the international community is once again worried
that conflict may erupt in the Taiwan Straits. Beijing is once again
threatening unification by military force. President Tsai is talking about
how many days Taiwan can hold out until international aid arrives. The
Premier of our Executive Yuan is talking about taking the battles into the
streets and fighting with fists and broomsticks. These scenarios of violence
and bloodshed are not what the people of Taiwan are wishing for!

I believe “Export Goods Out, Welcome People In, Let Kaohsiung Prosper,” is
what Kaohsiung people wishing for, and in this sense I see the 92 Consensus
is practical and realistic. My view on the 92 Consensus is naturally “One
China, Respective Interpretations” based on Constitution and The Act,
certainly not “One Country Two Systems,” like Macau or Hong Kong. Some
people say that the Beijing does not recognize “One China, Respective
Interpretations.” I would like to point out that in the 8 years under KMT’s
rule, Beijing certainly did not refuse to interact with us because of KMT’s
stance on 92 Consensus. In fact, during those 8 years, we signed many
agreements, participated in many international activities, and more countries
had granted us visa-waiver status.

In the course of my campaign as Mayor of Kaohsiung, I stressed the importance
of economy. My basis for Cross Straits Relations is the ‘92 Consensus. My
winning the election showed that the people of Taiwan did not reject my
stance on this matter. I openly shout out to President Tsai and her
administration. If they are not willing to recognize the ‘92 Consensus, then
they must conceive some new ideals and concrete measures so that they can
sustain peace and security in the Taiwan Straits and ensure Taiwans economic
development. They must somehow enable the people of Taiwan to continuously
live in freedom and democracy. So far, they have come up empty.

The United States is without a doubt a very important friend to Taiwan ROC.
The US has been our ally in terms of economics, security, military, and
politics. We had the Mutual Defense Treaty, and afterwards we have the Taiwan
Relations Act, which provides Taiwan with military defense capabilities. The
US is also our important trade partner, and our mutual collaborations over
the years have given Taiwan a secure and peaceful environment that allowed
for our great economic and political developments. We cannot, and should not,
drag our American friends down because we are not able to handle the Cross
Straits relations effectively. It is one thing to befriend our American
allies but its something else to take the American friendship for granted. We
must assume our share of the responsibility to secure peace in the Taiwan
Straits so that our people can live in democracy and prosperity.

To conclude, the reason I won the election is because the Kaohsiung people
agree with my down to earth call for revitalizing the economy and upholding
the stability. Actually most of the people in Taiwan all want, in my down to
earth expression, “Taiwan is safe, and people are rich.” Since this is
Harvard and there must be a lot of Christian friends here today, I would like
to take a verse from the Bibles Book of Philippians as my closing remark. “
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on
toward the goal.”

I pressed on walking the walk and that is the power of being down to earth.
Without feet on the ground, we cannot walk.

Thanks again for inviting me and thank you all very much for listening. Thank


和我直接了當又不加修飾的說話方式而講我是一個「土包子」。 然而今天,這個台灣的





他地方。 這不是因為我想變成在81天內環遊世界的Mr. Fogg,而是因為高雄應該獲得更

。我知道人們真正想要的是什麼 — 因為我曾經也是其中之一,對政府懷抱希望,期許掌
安全; 希望有一個能做實事的政府; 民眾想賺到錢; 最重要的是,每個人都想擁有美好的

造勢會和集會上所能向支持者提供的 — 大多數時候,連滷肉飯也沒有,只有一瓶礦泉水







中國各自表述,”但我想指出,在國民黨執政的8年裡,對於國民黨的 92共識立場,北京





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20分鐘的演講 然後問答有90分鐘
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