East Asia Watch: Why dried mango is all the rage in Taiwan's election season

Cross-strait ties are a key issue in the coming presidential and legislative elections, with candidates warning starkly that victory for their opponents will spell the end of Taiwan as the people know it today

One trendy word that has emerged in the lead-up to next month's presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan is "mangguogan" or "dried mango", a popular snack among Taiwanese.

But the underlying meaning has little to do with mangoes, a major agricultural product of the island.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2019, with the headline 'Why dried mango is all the rage in Taiwan's election season'. Subscribe