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TAIWAN TO VENICE: WE’RE NOT PART OF CHINA

August 1, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Officials in Taiwan are up in arms over the decision of the Venice Film Festival to designate the originating country of Wei Te-Sheng’s epic feature Seediq Bale as “China and Taiwan.” Taiwan was the final refuge of the Chinese Nationalist government after being routed by the Communists (“People’s Republic”) in 1949. Although the mainland government has in recent years recognized the de facto existence of two separate political entities, it officially maintains that Taiwan is part of China. In an official protest to the Venice organizers, Jimmy Huang, producer of Seediq Bale, said, “It’s a pure Taiwan-made film and not a film made by Taiwan in cooperation with China.” What makes the matter even more sensitive is that the movie deals with a subject close to the hearts of all persons of Chinese descent, a 1930 uprising by the Chinese against Japanese occupiers.