Taiwan show accused of pro-independence funding back on air in China

01/18/2018 05:52 PM

Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) A Taiwanese television series that was pulled from the broadcast schedule in China due to alleged "pro-independence sponsorship" is now back on Chinese streaming services and platforms after officials determined the show and its actors are not involved the Taiwan independence movement.

According to a Thursday report by the Global Times, a Chinese daily, an official with authority on the matter has decided that My Dear Boy (我的男孩)," produced by and starring Taiwan actress, television and film producer Ruby Lin (林心如), is not connected to the pro-independence movement based on three key facts.

First, a review of the cast indicates that the lead actress, Lin, does not support Taiwan's independence from China.

Lin's office issued a statement on Jan. 7, almost immediately after the show was pulled from the schedule, saying that she did not and would not support any pro-independence discourse or action.

Second, nothing in the series promotes or suggests pro-independence thinking, with the report characterizing it as an "uplifting young people's show."

Lastly, the financial subsidy of NT$20 million (US$69,000) received by Gala Television Corp., the company that produces the show, from Taiwan's Ministry of Culture, does not constitute funding for the promotion of Taiwan's independence, the report said.

The fund has long existed, even during the administration of former President Ma Yin-jeou (馬英九), and is intended to subsidize the promotion of Taiwanese culture, which is part of Chinese culture.

Having been vindicated, the show is back on streaming services and platforms in China such as QQlive after reports of its removal went public on Jan. 7.

(By Yang Sheng-ju and Kuan-lin Liu)


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