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Commercial Times: Is someone who calls himself Chinese traitor to Taiwan?

Commercial Times: Is someone who calls himself Chinese traitor to Taiwan?

Since when has it become in vogue to call someone a traitor to Taiwan for describing himself as Chinese? In seemingly democratic, multicultural and tolerant Taiwan society, these values have actually been manipulated by politicians so frequently and so intricately that our society has actually become more and more populist and parochial. Except for new immigrants and the almost-extinct aborigines, all Han Chinese residents in Taiwan are descendants of "mainland girls" from whom we have inherited all our beliefs, religions, historical and cultural traditions from China centuries ago. Now, however, "mainland girls" has become a derogatory term in Taiwan, due to the blackening and smearing of some evil politicians. These politicians have forgotten that the deities they worship at all temples across Taiwan during election time all originated in China. Whenever a presidential election is held in Taiwan, politicians try to paint all linkages to China into images of illegitimacy and betrayal. When Taiwanese dare not acknowledge their Chinese blood or call themselves Chinese, it is a step backward rather than a progression of democracy in Taiwan. Throughout human history, branding others as "betrayers" is the cheapest tool in any political struggle. History has proved time and again that when people are engaged in a cheap struggle over who is the traitor, tragedy almost certainly ensues. The Jews have borne the name of "betrayers of Jesus" and their diaspora can be found all over the world, culminating in the holocaust. But humans did not realize until that tragedy had occurred that it was simply the most senseless struggle against a people. Pointing a finger at someone and calling them a traitor gives a sense of euphoria like taking drugs. When the narcotic high wears off, however, the stupidity and absurdity of the action is all too evident. In Taiwan, where people think they have progressed to a certain "civilized" level, they have actually driven themselves into a dead-end by accusing each other of being traitors. We urge our politicians to stop taking the cheap drug of calling others "pro-China and betraying Taiwan" and give us fresh air in which no-one will be branded a traitor and all are free to call themselves Chinese. The island of Taiwan is a small one that can take no more "reduction" and "division." Rather, we should do what our forbears have done, by "adding" and "multiplying" our human resources and embracing a globalized new world. Love Taiwan, love China, anti-corruption, pursuing social justice -- these are universal values that reinforce each other. They are also the common values of Taiwan's 23 million people and China's 1.3 billion people. The Chinese in Taiwan must realize that only when they maintain and pass on their Chinese blood and culture can they walk in stride on this blessed island. (Editorial abstract -- Jan. 9, 2011) (By S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-05-18 08:39 GMT+08:00