On a slow Thursday evening in the Ling Ya night market in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Huang Jin-yueh, 60, is despondent as she washes utensils in the sink under the harsh strip lighting of her empty restaurant.
Taiwanese meat delicacies, offal and chicken’s feet are laid out in neat rows on a road stall to tempt hungry passers-by, but the long queues that once lined up are gone.
“Business has been bad for the last four years, but in the past six months it’s been even worse. The tourists have stopped coming,” she said. Ms Huang plans to vote for Taiwan’s opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), in January’s presidential and legislative election, hoping that her economic woes can be resolved.