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Following the publication of an article in a Malaysian weekly tabloid that alleged a Taiwanese restaurant served the meat of human infants, the Taiwan government has taken steps to ensure the publisher prints a retraction.
Yuan Kai-sheng (
The offending article was first made public on Wednesday by People First Party Legislator Chin Huei-chu (
The pictures were in fact part of a performance by Shanghai-based artist Zhu Yu (朱昱), entitled Man-eater (食人).
However, Perdana's news story claimed that the photos were of a Taiwanese restaurant in which human fetuses are served to customers.
Zhu has created a series of art performances entitled Infatuation on Injures (
The Chinese-language press quoted Zhu as saying during an interview on Wednesday that he intended to discuss life and death through his works.
By eating six-month-old human fetuses obtained from abortions, he posed a challenge to traditional ethics, he maintained to the press.
Born in 1970, Zhu said that he wanted to know if we could change our human culture in which we fear death and pursue eternal life.
To create Man-eater, he said he cooked the corpses of babies that had been stolen from a medical school.
Zhu admitted that the meat obtained from the bodies tasted bad, and said he had vomited several times while eating it. However, he said, he had to do so "for art's sake."
Though his works have sparked criticism, Zhu has achieved fame within China's avant-garde art circles.
In another work, Canned human brains, Zhu immersed human brains in glass jars, which also caused a stir.
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