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Indigenous Taiwanese governor hopeful challenges dynastic rule

Rising DPP star Kolas Yotaka pitted against Hualien grandee

Kolas Yotaka, center, holds a rally on Oct. 9 in Hualien with Vice President William Lai, right. (Photo courtesy of Kolas Yotaka's office)

HUALIEN, Taiwan -- The campaign color of Kolas Yotaka, a rising star in Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), is "red as a rose."

Kolas was chosen by Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's president and head of the DPP, to run for the governorship of Hualien county. Her name in campaign posters is spelled in Roman letters, followed by the phrase "O wawa nu Pangcah," meaning "the child of the Amis people" in Pangcah, her native language.

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