Author: Brian Canave

TAIWAN: Leaving China? Welcome to Taiwan, Ramzy

BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – In the wake of New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy’s unceremonious departure from Beijing, neighboring Taiwan has warmly welcomed him for a temporary stay while he continues his coverage of the mainland. Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that the government “welcomes international media enterprises and their staff” such as Ramzy. His arrival marks the first time in recent memory that a Times correspondent has been based in Taiwan. Prior to this, Ramzy was in Beijing for more than six years covering China with a working visa from Time magazine. But he traded magazines for newspapers last year, continuing to travel to and from Beijing with the same unexpired visa while waiting for a new one. Unfortunately, the new visa China issued him this previous December was for a mere month and came with the expectation that he leave upon its expiration. The visa issue is nothing new for the Times or for U.S. wire services. Thirteen months ago, another veteran China reporter, Chris Buckley, a former Reuters employee hired by the Times, was also forced to leave China after his visa expired. As with Ramzy, China declined to grant Buckley a new journalist visa, forcing him to relocate in Hong Kong. In addition, Beijing has kept other journalists from Bloomberg, the Times and other respected outlets from taking up assignments in China in the first place. Chinese officials have...

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TAIWAN: Taiwanese-Brazilian Teen Captures Media’s Attention… Again

BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – What happens when an 18-year-old Taiwanese-Brazilian boy, who was the focus of a custody battle between his parents’ families, returns to Taiwan after nearly a decade? Essentially what you’d expect. The local media latched on to his return, covering it with the same intensity as his childhood custody case. According to a Focus Taiwan News Channel article, Iruan Ergui Wu returned to Taiwan for a two week visit. Throughout his trip, the media followed him just like old times during the “lengthy court battle, the police enforced execution of the court order, and the frightened looking boy’s departure from the airport.” While in Taiwan, Wu Yi-hua, Iruan Wu’s Chinese name, was reunited with his Taiwanese family and some elementary school classmates. He also participated in church activities and was warmly accepted wherever he went. His visit was sponsored by the Taiwan Catholic Mission Foundation. Iruan Wu is said to return to Brazil with special souvenirs his uncle packed for him. When he was 8 years old, he was with his father in Taiwan for two weeks until his father died, which sparked the custody battle between his father’s family and his mother’s family from Brazil. The strenuous battle ended in Wu being sent to Brazil to be looked after by his maternal grandmother. In an editorial for the China Post, Father Daniel J. Bauer reflected on the...

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TAIWAN: Murder-Kidnap Creates a Flurry from Media

BRIAN CANAVE WRITES – Taiwanese people and media are outraged by the murder of a Taiwanese national and kidnapping of the victim’s wife in the Malaysian island of Pom Pom. Throughout late November, Taiwanese and Malaysian media covered the incident from all sides, ranging from international paper press, television news coverage and even social media outlets. So, what’s the story? What happened in Pom Pom? According to the Malaysia Chronicle, Taiwan national Lim Min Hsu was shot twice while vacationing on Pom Pom island in the state of Sabah, Malaysia. He was killed while his wife, An Wei Chang, was abducted by a group of heavily armed men. Malaysia Chronicle reports that “Taiwan’s national daily, Ping Guo Ri Bao, front paged the report;” meanwhile other national newspapers such as The China Times, Liberty Times, provided coverage of the incident. The news caused international outrage spreading all across social media in Taiwan and abroad. The Malaysian Digest has been following the incident and the opinions arising from the murder-kidnap. According to The Malaysian Digest, Taiwan television media has been negatively reporting the handling of the incident reflecting “authorities’ lack of discipline to maintain law and order.” Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein caused more heckling by saying he did not need to apologize for the kidnapping incident. According to the report, Hussein made a statement that “kidnappings occur everywhere;” this sparked...

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TAIWAN: Singer Desert Chang Deserted by Chinese Fans?

BRIAN CANAVE WRITES — It looks like Taiwanese singer Desert Chang has spark political tension with China. Again. It seems small things, such as raising a Republic of China flag during a performance, can rub some people the wrong way. Chang, a leading alternative musician from Taiwan, performed last week in Manchester, England to a Chinese and Tawainese crowd. The concert was going great until Chang grabbed the flag of her native home from members of the audience and unfurled it on stage. The Wall Street Journal reported that audience members from the mainland booed her and said “no politics today, we just want to have fun” in English. Chang diplomatically replied that “she is happy to introduce where she is from and that Chinese students are free to express their opinions to her because [she] is always listening.” Though the rest of the performance proceeded without trouble, the long term effects still linger. According to Focus Taiwan News Channel, which has extensively followed the situation, Chang’s concert in Beijing, China has reportedly been cancelled due to the Manchester controversy. Much of the criticism continues on the Web, with Netizens from both China and Taiwan arguing over social media platforms like Weibo. In another Focus Taiwan News Channel article, it appears that attacks on the Taiwanese singer may be a part of an organized effort. The critical comments may be a...

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TAIWAN: Local Media Enthralled by Film Shoot in Taipei

BRIAN CANAVE WRITES — CUT! It out local Taiwnese news media! French director Luc Besson has had enough and wrapped up location shooting in Taipei ahead of schedule. This is due to the intrusion of local media on the sets of Besson’s upcoming film, Lucy.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scarlet Johansson and Luc Besson have been spotted at Taiwan’s Regent Taipei hotel last week. In the film, Johansson plays a woman “forced to become a drug mule. But the drug accidentally goes into her body, granting her superhuman powers.” Lucy was supposed to feature many popular locations around Taipei, including Taipei 101 building and Longshan Temple. But due to the media’s action, some scenes were not allowed to be filmed. Besson is reportedly not pleased by the local media’s rampant attention on the film in Taipei. Focus Taiwan News Channel reported the latest incident of a “TV crew manag[ing] to shoot footage of Besson, Johansson, and crew members working through various scenes.” This incident followed a near accident of Besson’s crew almost being hit by local media automobile during a segment of the filming. Scarlet Johansson is starting to have mixed feelings for Taipei herself, as she has been “spooked” by the media attention in Taiwan. “Her impression of the island is said to have soured after paparazzi pounded on the windows of a car she was sitting in at the end of a long...

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