Mainland Student Writes to Taiwan President, Gets Signed Photo

A student from Mainland China studying in Taiwan decided to send a postcard to the president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ma Ying-jeou asking for an autographed photo. President Ma, known to send autographed photos upon request was seen by Netizens as an official who is close to the people. The president’s response was seen as the standard that many Mainland government officials fail to live up to where most average citizens have little access to Mainland officials, let alone someone like President Hu.

From Mop:

Mainland student's letter to Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

Mainland student's letter to Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou.

President Ma,

Hello, I am a Mainland student studying in Taiwan. I really adore you because you are very close to the people. Back on the Mainland, I made a bet with my classmates that I will think of a way to get your autographed photo to prove that you are closer to the people than Mainland government officials. Therefore I am writing this postcard to you hoping that I can receive an autographed photo in return. I love the land of Taiwan.

My address is: [address in Taiwan]

Thank you, President Ma.

A student from the Mainland
Liu Wenbo

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's response to a mainland student's letter, including an autographed photo.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's response to a mainland student's letter, including an autographed photo.

Hello, Student Wenbo!

May 15th, 101 year of the Republic of China, the postcard for President Ma had been received. Much obliged, sincere gratitude on the president’s behalf. Kindly enclosed is the autographed picture to mark the blessing of the year of the dragon, please keep as memory. Sincerely.

Progress in your studies,
Happiness in health

The President’s Office

Comments on Mop:


Louzhu is living in Taiwan right now? President? Be careful about coming back, might be executed!


You put Hu Jintao in an awkward position…


Should be called Provincial Governor Ma.


101st year of the Republic of China…haha


This is going to be harmonized anytime now.


Tomorrow I will try to write to Brother Tao [Hu Jintao].


Brother you won’t be able to come back, you passport will definitely be placed on a blacklist…


I suggest the Mainland return to the embrace of Taiwan as soon as possible…


When the rightful army retakes the Central Plains, do not forget to tell of it to one’s ancestors.

[Note: A passage from a poem by Lu You during the Southern Song dynasty to express the desire to retake the North (Central Plains) conquered by the Jurchens. This passage is often used online in allusion to the KMT’s lofty goal of retaking the Mainland.]


Geili, support, officials should be like this.

Written by Joe

Joe is a documentary producer and journalist based in Shanghai


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