If you live in East Asia, you’ll probably have heard of Mayday.
The youthful movement wants more focus on Taiwanese civil rights, less on China issue.
Taiwan and China have recently signed a trade agreement allowing both sides to invest in the others’ economy more. While there are definite benefits in the agreement, there is worry over an influx of Chinese money and people, changing the current way of life.
A Taiwanese American adoptee has been told by her Chinese teacher that she is really Chinese, not Taiwanese. The parents aren’t Taiwanese so when they tell their child she is from Taiwan, the child is doubtful and confused. As a parent, how would you handle that?
"The Annihilator" is comic book legend Stan Lee’s new Chinese superhero. Because Stan Lee (not Chinese) is a savvy guy, and he knows it’s probably not a bad idea to get in on some of that China Money.
This week, news broke that Taiwanese American singer-actor Wang Leehom will star as the titular hero in Magic Storm Entertainment’s movie adaptation of Annihilator.
The new Chinese map, which was first published last January by China’s state mapping authority Sinomap Press, features 10 dash lines instead of nine dash lines to mark a huge swath of the South China Sea in a tongue-shaped encirclement as Chinese territory.
Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have been contesting China’s massive claim of the territory.
Nine dashes in the new Chinese map are in the South China Sea and a tenth dash has been placed near Taiwan, purportedly to signify that territory’s status as a Chinese province.
China’s expansionist Qing Dynasty Empire Reenactments aside, the important thing to note is that Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou essentially has no problem at all with this map. That might come as a surprise to some but given his recent concessions moving from ‘One China With Different Interpretations’ towards just ‘One China’, and his constant reiterations that Taiwan-China relations are more ‘domestic’ than international, and certainly not between States or nations, and also combined with his continual claims that the R.O.C still maintains a claim of sovereignty and territory over all of the PRC, the only conclusion that can be drawn is that Ma accepts, and desires the dotted line. Certainly he prefers that dotted line than one which would run up the middle of the Taiwan Strait. When outside observers come to understand this, perhaps then they will start to also understand why Taiwanese feel betrayed by a man who spoke like a Taiwanese at elections yet has at all other times of his Presidency acted like a moderate member of the CCP, angling for a Nobel Prize as a reward for enabling unification by backstairs intrigue against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of the people of Taiwan.
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I have taught English in San Francisco to international university students for almost two years now. Many of them come from China. Few come from Taiwan. I would say the general ratio of Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese is usually 8:1. Our school policy is that we refer to Taiwan independently from China. This comes up on the class roster, which shows which country students are from. This also comes up in class, when we as questions like “What is something in your country that is different from America?” Both Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese students catch on quick to this language - I haven’t had one semester where a Mainland Chinese student hasn’t raised the issue that Taiwan isn’t a country.
As a teacher, I want to promote a safe, comfortable learning environment for students. But it is difficult when some students are told that they can’t be who they want to be. Therefore, my personal policy and the way that I’ve explained to my students why I refer to Taiwan independently from China is that everyone in class can choose to be whatever they want to be. They can be Chinese or Taiwanese. They can be referred to as Qianyu or Claire. And I think it’s important that the Taiwanese students have a choice in whether or not they want to be referred to as Taiwanese or Chinese. It definitely isn’t up to the other Mainland Chinese students to mandate how the Taiwanese students want to be referred to.
To help them understand better, I use myself as an example. I ask them, “What am I?” Some will say Chinese. Some will say Asian. Some will say American. And I usually shrug and say, “Well I decide. I can be called American. I can be called Taiwanese American. I can be called Asian American. I can decide for myself.”
While I suspect that most of the Mainland Chinese students don’t buy it and just follow my rules because of my authority as the teacher, I still think it’s important for me to set that standard in class, to support the students that are often silenced because they’re the single Taiwanese student in class.