Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) The World Between Us (我們與惡的距離), a Taiwanese television drama, was the most-searched-for item on Google in Taiwan over
the past year, Google's Year in Search revealed Wednesday.
The TV crime series, the first of its kind to explore the issue of random killings that have taken place in Taiwanese society in recent years, has led to heated discussions among the public and topped the list based on search demand from December 2018 to November this year.
Tina Lin (林雅芳), Google's Taiwan general manager, said content related to TV dramas or movies occupied six places on the top 10 general list, with three other spots taken by Chinese TV court dramas -- I Will Never Let You Go (小女花不棄) in fourth, The Story of Ming Lan (知否？知否？應是綠肥紅瘦) in seventh and The Legend of Hao Lan (皓鑭傳) in eighth positions.
U.S. movie Joker and South Korean TV series Hotel Del Luna ranked 9th and 10th, respectively.
Joker also was No. 1 on the top 10 movie search list, with Taiwanese thriller Detention, and South Korean black comedy Parasite, in third and sixth spots.
With the Jan. 11 presidential and legislative elections approaching, several political figures have also been in the sights of the public on the Internet, with Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), Kaohsiung mayor and presidential candidate of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) ranking fifth in general search inquiries.
Han, who won the Kaohsiung mayoral post in November 2018 to the surprise of many people, also topped Google's list of fast-rising figures for two consecutive years and that of fast-rising political figures this year.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), who was beaten by Han in the KMT presidential primary, placed second on the list of fast-surging political figures. Ho Ting-huan (何庭歡), Han's presidential campaign office spokesperson, placed sixth, while Evelyn Tsai (蔡沁瑜), an aide of Guo, was in ninth place.
Topping the list of other issues that caught the attention of Google users was the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12 tournament, in which Taiwan finished fifth, followed by the protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill, and the strike by EVA Air flight attendants in second and third spots, respectively.
The collapse of the Nanfang'ao Bridge and a deadly arson attack at the Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan also made the list, ranking in eighth and ninth places, respectively, ahead of the KMT presidential primary in 10th position.