Decoding ‘Han fans’: an antipolitical elite movement

Over the years, Tina Chang 62, has developed a distaste for Taiwan's political elite, who she believes think only of themselves, rely on a small circle of close aides and are more talk than action. This time, she is backing a man of the common people for the 2020 presidential election.

With a bachelor's degree and running her own company, Chang of Taipei does not fit the stereotypical profile of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuoyu's supporters as working class and less well educated (though her age confirms most analysts' observations that Han's supporters tend to be middleaged or elderly).

According to a survey released July 17 by the greenleaning CrossStrait Policy Association, Han enjoys the strongest support among people with a junior college degree (53.3 percent) and those aged 6069 (44.6 percent).

His support is weakest among Taiwanese with a graduate or a higher degree (28.6 percent) and young people in the 2029 age group (28.3 percent).

However, Chang does list many of the reasons socalled Han fans often cite for their seemingly unwavering support for the mayor, who is representing the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) in the January presidential race against President Tsai Ingwen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is seeking reelection.

Humility, use of plain language, displays of affection toward the people are things Chang says she likes about Han.

He has also exhibited genuine care for the socially disadvantaged and people at the grassroots level, unlike those political elites who only pay lip service, she said, pointing to politicians from both major parties.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel