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Political Speech during Golden Horse Award Drew Opposition from the Mainland

During the 55th Golden Horse Award ceremony held on Saturday November 17 in Taipei, a political speech on Taiwan’s status and unity drew criticism and opposition from the mainland. In her acceptance speech, Fu Yue, the Taiwanese director of the documentary movie Our Youth in Taiwan told the audience that she hopes that one day her country (Taiwan) can be seen as a truly independent entity. This is her greatest wish as a Taiwanese. Later, in a speech that Tumen, an actor from the mainland, gave, he called Taiwan “China Taiwan.” Tumen won best actor in 2018 and spoke as a special guest,  Immediately following the ceremony the entire group of actors, actresses, and directors from the mainland packed up and left for home and were absent from the pre-scheduled awards dinner. The official Weibo account of the party’s youth league posted a picture of a China Map which had words imprinted on it which read, “China, nothing less! I deeply love this country.” The post has been forwarded over 3 million times including to a number of actors and actresses who attended the Golden Horse ceremony; it received over 20,000 comments. Meanwhile the Taiwan Minister of Culture wrote on her Facebook page and called Taiwan Asia’s most free, democratic, diverse, and enthusiastic country . . . and said, please remember this is Taiwan not “China Taiwan.” Currently the related information about the movie Our Youth in Taiwan has been taken down from the website on the mainland.

Source: Voice of America, November 18, 2018