Taiwanese people lodge complaints against Man Booker Prize

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Screenshot taken from  Wu Ming-Yi's (吳明益) Facebook page.

Screenshot taken from Wu Ming-Yi's (吳明益) Facebook page.

Taipei, March 30 (CNA) Taiwanese people and others on Friday responded to calls by a graphic artist to lodge complaints on the Facebook page of the Man Booker International Prize, a respected literary organization, after it listed an award nominee from Taiwan as a national of "Taiwan, China."

The campaign was launched after Taiwanese writer Wu Ming-Yi (吳明益), whose book "The Stolen Bicycle" has been nominated for an international literary award, said on Thursday that he objected to being listed as a national of "Taiwan, China" on the Man Booker Prize website.

On March 12, Wu wrote on his Facebook page that he was honored to be included on the longlist for the Man Booker International Prize and was particularly pleased to be listed as a national of "Taiwan."

However, the designation was later changed on the Man Booker Prize website to "Taiwan, China."

"Since the publication of the longlist for this year's Man Booker International award, my nationality on the web page has been changed from Taiwan to 'Taiwan, China,' which is not my personal position on this issue," Wu later wrote on his Facebook page.

His views were supported by his friends and fans online, who also reacted strongly to the listing change.

Then this Thursday, a France-based Taiwanese graphic artist Lin Li-chin (林莉菁), known for her published book "Formose," wrote on Wu's Facebook post, calling for people to show their support for him by protesting to the Man Booker Prize.

As a result, many of Wu's fans and others have left messages of protest at the organization's social media page.

One of the supporters, Najee Woods, left a comment on Man Booker Prize's Facebook page asking how the organization can bend over backwards just to please China.

Another commentator who identified himself as Robert Kelly called the action taken by the organization as "capricious, rude, insulting, and perplexing."

"As Mr. Wu said, he is from Taiwan and not China," she wrote.

"Taiwan is not a province of China. Man Booker Prize, you have betrayed the values of freedom and are not worthy of respect," she wrote.

(By Ko Lin and Lo Yuan-shao)

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