A leading hotel chain has been forced to issue an apology statement after Chinese netizens issued boycott threats for listing Tibet along with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as countries in a survey it distributed with their members. The international leading hotel chain was forced to take the survey form down after the netizens campaigned against it.Read more
Taiwanese authorities have arrested four pro-Beijing political party members after they were accused of spying for China. The officials were detained by Taiwanese authorities. Wang Ping-chung is a media personality who was arrested with three of his colleagues from the pro-unification party on Tuesday.Read more
The Beijing government has warned the Taiwan government against the possibility of the Dalai Lama visit to the country after parliamentary delegates from Taiwan visited the Tibetan spiritual leader in India recently, following which speaker of Legislative Yuan of the state publicly invited the Dalai Lama to speak at their parliament.Read more
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Taiwan in 1997, 2001 and 2009 after which he has never been granted a visa to visit the autonomous country again, which has been a concern to many people in Taiwan as he is followed as a religious leader by more than 1 million Taiwanese.Read more
Chou Tzu-yu, a 16 year old Taiwanese pop star was forced to make an apology to China for hold Taiwan flag on Korean Television. The singer was seen holding a small Taiwan flag alongside a Korean flag to identify herself as a Taiwanese pop star on the Korean Television. This led to her accusing of standing out for Taiwan independence.Read more
When I was younger almost everyone thought of Taiwan unified with China. Textbooks were Chinese-centric and didn’t teach Taiwanese history or geography. I still know all the details from Tibet and Mongolia and they’re not even part of China!
Young people in Taiwan have learned more about their history from the Internet than through government books. When I was younger a lot of books were banned so you couldn’t’ even get information in bookshops.