January 24, 2019
Former Taiwanese president works as bookseller for a day
by Amelia Stymacks
Imagine popping into your local bookstore and finding former president George W. Bush or Barack Obama behind the counter? Precisely that happened to customers in a Taipei bookstore.
According to Lawrence Chung of the South China Morning Post, former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-Jeou worked as a “shopkeeper for a day” in an effort to rebuild his popularity.
Ma served as President of the Republic of China from 2008 to 2016 and according to Chung was incredibly unpopular when he left office, having mishandled a number of issues including the 2009 typhoon that killed nearly 700 people.
Though Ma was reportedly hoping to “earn some money” for calligraphy brushes and ink, he also succeeded in handselling a few copies of his memoir.
Watch below to see Ma in action.
Taiwan's ex-President Ma Ying-jeou went undercover as a shopkeeper — and customers' reactions were priceless.
Posted by South China Morning Post on Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Amelia Stymacks is the director of digital marketing at Melville House.