Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Taiwan, Hong Kong Artists Forced to Sign ‘No Separatism’ Form: Reports

While there has not been any confirmation of a new rule, several artists have heard rumors that they will have to sign the document to perform in China 

Following an incident earlier this month in which Taiwanese actor Leon Dai (戴立忍) was removed from a film project in China due to his alleged pro-Taiwan independence ideology, rumors are now circulating in the artistic community that Taiwanese and Hong Kong artists wishing to work on Chinese productions must sign a declaration promising not to “split the country.” The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported on July 26 that a number of Taiwanese artists had heard that the Chinese government was now asking performing artists from Taiwan and Hong Kong to sign a declaration vowing not to participate in various “separatist” activities to “split the country.” However, prior involvement in such “separatist” activities will be “forgiven.” 

My article, published today in The News Lens International, continues here.

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