台客 “Taike” and Taiwanese Identity

From The New Ubiquity of Taike:

Blue and white plastic slippers, chews betel nut, drinks energy drinks, smokes Long Life yellows, anywhere anytime keeps the diao-ga-aa shirt (the Taiwanese wife-beater) rolled up to let the stomach breath. When du lan (pissed off), it's either "Kao bei ah!" ("For crying out loud!"), "Lim bei ah!" ("Your father!"), or "Lim bu ah!" ("Your mother!"). Every sentence begins with the word gan, fuck. At the KTV, he orders up some guang high, Cantonese hard house music, and blows a whistle like crazy. Or maybe the fashion is hip hop, bling-bling. Or maybe at the trance club TeXound – also known as tai ke shuang (台客爽) – he comes after the mei mei, the chicks, with shouts of yo-la! Yo-la! Shake it! Shake it! These are all elements of tai ke style, right? But if all that's true, then what is tai ke?

(Click here to read more)

Two other interesting articles about "taike":

Taiwan youth dress down to assert identity

This dress and behaviour code, known loosely as "tai-ke", has been a minor rage for about 20 years as Taiwan youth seek a distinctly local identity in the face of China's threats to declare the whole island Chinese, social commentators say.

Today, confident in their Taiwan identity, their outward appearance is slowly morphing from traditional down-home garb to trendy and often clashing fashion styles from just about anywhere.

"They like Taiwan culture and think they want to support their own country's nationality," said He Hsiao-yun, 25, a student at National Taipei University.

'New taike' not the old insult

Originally a pejorative term assigned to 'uncultured' Taiwanese, 'taike' is being co-opted by the people it once insulted and has become a part of popular culture

Check out Michael Turton's blog entry on the subject as well. 

 

Published by

leesean

Foossa Facts

  • heyllo~ me again… sorry for spamming… hahahaha

    I have a problem with using the word taike tho… not because it’s an insult or anything…
    coz 我們台灣國人是 台灣的 主人~~~ 不是 客人喔!!! (^_^)
    應該是 台主 吧! and those other crazy reds and blues are 中客 coz they are only guests to taiwan ne!~
    (^_^)