Author Profile :
Eryk Michael Smith first came to Taiwan as a child of American missionary parents in 1984. After deciding on a career in journalism he returned to Taiwan and has spent the last 20 years working for/with most of Taiwan's English-language media outlets. He currently lives in Kaohsiung with his wife, two daughters, two cats and a dog. Smith is ICRT's southern Taiwan special correspondent and can be found from time to time behind the decks, DJing happy house music.
Major transport projects have long been presented as a potential boon to Taiwan's south around election time.
Drenched with torrential rains, south Taiwanese have just about had it with the ineptitude of their politicians at managing natural disasters.
The DPP's quirky nomination process will all but secure the seat of the next mayor of Kaoshiung.
One of Southern Taiwan's main tourist attractions is languishing for a lack of infrastructure funds.