Sunday, August 10, 2008

In China there is no Taiwan

Not to anyone's surprise, the Chinese crowd at the games have cheered Taiwan as their own-- but rather than cheering "Go Taiwan," they cheer, "Go China!" They must get so confused when they see people cheering for Taiwan, instead of China, even though the athletes are coming from "Chinese Taipei." As this article shows, the majority of the Chinese that still live on the mainland eat and breathe CCP propaganda. They know nothing of Taiwan's autonomy and current pseudo-independence via status quo. How sad it is for 1/5th of the world's population to be brainwashed into the ideologies of the CCP.

As always, when making the point that Taiwan does not want formal declaration of independence, they cite the DPP's loss this past year. But when it's convenient, they cite the "wonders" of Ma's economic policies for his win this past year. At least this time they also recognize that the Taiwanese are strongly opposed to unification, which for the most part is true- except for the few KMT whos dieing wish would be to "reunite" back with China. And I use quotes this time because the KMT would be reuniting back with China on the mainland, but as a whole, Taiwan would not be "re"uniting as most of the people on Taiwan were not part of the KMT exodus from China.

Anyways, the best part is that the same Chinese that are rooting for the Taiwan athletes would just as quickly turn against them and berate them if the athlete showed a Taiwan flag.
"From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. It should not be like this, my brothers!"
Sidenote I: Props goes to for at least showing the actual flag of Taiwan instead of the Chinese Taipei flag- albeit still calling them Chinese Taipei.

Sidenote II: You can watch pretty much all games online at, and I just saw the badminton match for Taiwan's Hsieh vs Iran's Mehrabi. You can just go here and find the match and click "Rewind" to watch. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the side conversation between the coach and Hsieh speaking in Taiwanese. And yes, you do hear the crowd rooting for China even though it's Taiwan's Hsieh playing. Don't get me wrong, no problem for them to root for other countries, but root for them with their correct nationality. At the very least, how about a "Go Chinese Taipei." Or better yet, don't root at all so that non-Taiwanese/Chinese won't get the wrong impression that Chinese Taipei is really, Chinese Taipei.


Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Just went to the NBC website, they changed Taiwan's flag back to the Olympic Chinese Taipei flag.

Richard said...

Weird, I wonder what prompted them to do so. Wait, I think I know- the CCP propaganda machine forced it upon NBC.