Taiwan: Closer to China and Beware if You Don’t Like That: Don’t Touch the Wig!

Obviously, since the new presidential election (roughly one year), Taiwan is acting as if unification with China is the unique goal for the political party in charge now in Taiwan.

Many examples have been cited in this blog or others.

This week, a new stage was even passed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affair will not bid to join the United Nation this year. Of course chances of success are null because the weight of China.

But bids still give the signal to observers that Taiwan is not a province of China.

Now, it seems that it is just a matter of time before Taiwan becomes a region of China. Not because the population wants it, but because the political party in charge is acting to achieve this goal.

Anyone knows that China adopted a simplified Chinese under Mao, but countries as Taiwan still only use the traditional Chinese characters.

Language and writing are a very important symbol, whatever the country.

But yesterday, the President (chief of the region? Mr.?) promoted (see HERE) the learning of simplified Chinese but as you can read:

[…]

Our suggestion is that Chinese be able to understand traditional Chinese characters and write in simplified Chinese

[…]

The formulation is very ambiguous.

Local languages (Taiwanese…) are not anymore (thanks to the new party in charge) a compulsory course for the kids. And tomorrow, traditional Chinese will be taught as history if it is taught at all?

Not finished yet.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) is in charge of regulating the Media in Taiwan.

A Chinese group, the Want Want Group’s (旺旺集團), bought the Taiwanese media group (TV and newspaper) CTiTV, CTV and the China Times.

According the today’s Taipei Times (HERE):

[…]

(the NCC) held hearings amid great fanfare, during which experts and academics almost unanimously opposed Want Want’s plans. Their concerns focused on the risk that the group could monopolize domestic media. Yet the NCC approved the proposal, disregarding the potential ramifications of a monopoly spanning newspapers, cable and terrestrial TV

[…]

Obviously, China will be able now to tell directly “its message” in local Media…

You disagree?

Be cautious…

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT – political party in power) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) sued a man who touched his wig (toupee) last December.

This legislator has become a household name for his media-friendly offensives against the political opposition (against unification with China).

The man was sentenced to five months in jail.

5 months!!! Can you believe that?

What was the reason given by the Taiwanese Judge?

Very simple:

[…]

"The judge thought Chiu Yi had the freedom to wear what he wanted, and Chiu felt the wig made him look prettier," court spokesman Huang Chin-ming said. "The judge thinks that to remove it intentionally was to take away that right."

[…]

No comment…

Here is one snapshot from the video, showing the man running after realizing that he had the wig (toupee) of the legislator in hand (see the black object in his right hand):

Wig 1The strange things is the violent way the police stopped him:

Wig 2 

You can see the TV news (video) HERE (in Chinese but translated by Reuters).

See the full article HERE.

Obviously this legislator is enjoying more rights and protection than people who rallied against the Chinese negotiator when this man came to Taiwan…

 

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5 Responses

  1. “Obviously this legislator is enjoying more rights and protection than people who rallied against the Chinese negotiator when this man came to Taiwan…”

    Great point. Snatch a wig, get 5 months.

    Snatch a Tibetan (or ROC) flag, get a promotion.

  2. @ The Foreigner
    Yes… It seems that a lot of things are changing here…

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