Clarification from Taiwan's Government via email response
from: the Government Information Office, Taiwan.
|To:||"eyes" <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Re: Fw:[E900762] inquiry about the baby-eating rumour|
|Date:||Mon, 16 Jul 2001 14:49:35 +0800|
Thank you for your letter.
The origin of the baseless accusation against Taiwan dates back to an article in a Malaysian magazine, "Warta Perdana," titled "Taiwan's Hottest Food."
After Taiwanese authorities investigated the situation, it was determined that the article was absolutely untrue. "Warta Perdana" later admitted that the article was based on an anonymous, unverifiable e-mail message; the magazine has since written a correction and issued a formal apology.
The man in the picture is actually a mainland-Chinese artist, Chu Li, from Beijing. He is known to perform violent, shocking acts to elicit a response from his audience. Regrettably, he chose to eat an aborted fetus in an attempt to protest the Chinese government's lack of support for performance art. It should be emphatically known that his performance did not take place in Taiwan.
Such inhuman acts are not and have never been a part of any country's culture. To help clarify this fact to the recipients of the slanderous e-mail, we hope that you will forward this response to whoever sent you the pictures. It is our hope that this clarification will be read by everyone who was led to believe that such a gruesome accusation existed in Taiwan.
We thank you for your understanding and hope this message offers peace of mind and some degree of explanation.
The Government Information Office, ROC.
|----- Original Message -----|
|To:||<email@example.com>; "Service of GIO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Sent:||Monday, July 16, 2001 2:05 PM|
|Subject:||Fw:[E900762] inquiry about the baby-eating rumour|
|> ----- Original Message -----|
|> From:||"charlie CHANG" <email@example.com>|
|> To:||<firstname.lastname@example.org> note: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan.|
|> Date:||2001, July, 15, AM 06:31|
|> Subject:||inquiry about the baby-eating rumour|
> > Dear Sir/ Madam: > > I am a Taiwanese in the UK, and I recently received a purposely > misled and widely spread file: babies.pps (office - power point > file format) from some of my Indian and Malaysian friends. > > The content of the above mentioned presentation is to seriously > mislead the readers and impose a very negative propaganda on > Taiwanese, quoted as follows: > > ===========================the quotation of [propaganda] below > Don't get scared, > See some facts going on in this world, > What you are going to witness here is a fact: > > it's Taiwan's hottest food, > > In Taiwan, dead babies or fetuses could be > bought at $50 to $70 from hospitals to meet > the high demand for grilled and barbecued babies... > What a sad state of affairs!! > > Please forward this message to as many people > as you can so that it can be seen by the world > and someone takes action on this. > > It is a thing against human race and unless > we people of the world put hand to hand > to eradicate this custom, it will not end. > > Even the word impossible says > it is impossible but itíŽs happening !!! > ===========================the quotation of [propaganda] above > > > I knew that some damages have been made through such maillists > circulated in the internet and I had already spread out a > clarification, drafted by myself, to convince those in the same > maillist that the true story was happened in China, not in > Taiwan. I also got some useful feedback, such as the following > from an Indian businessman: (whose name and email are omitted > by me to retain the privacy for him) > > > ===========================the quotation of [feedback] below > Subject: babies.pps > Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 12:19:38 +0530 > > > Dear Mr. Chang, > > Thanks for the correction offered by you in regards to the .pps > I represent a business community that has strong links with > Taiwan and this presentation had offended and disghusted many a > community members, to the point we were contemplating severing > all ties with our Taiwanese counterparts due to the inhumane > and barbaric treatment metted to foetuses. > > I will have our china specialist scruitinize the characters as > mentioned by you to determine the origin on this disghust. > > We jointly condemn and deplore such disghusting practice of > eating foetuses. > > This world is full of perverts. > > > regards, > > S???? S?????? > ===========================the quotation of [feedback] above > > > > Here I would like to ask for your kindly help to find the > official announcement of MOFA (especially written in English) > that has been unveiled as a clarification over a Malaysian > magazine and government around the date of 23rd March 2001 > or so. As I am going to forward the previous announcement ( > in English, from our government) to convince my foreign friends > that our Taiwan is free from such barbaric treatment to fetuses. > > I look forward to hearing from you soon, many thanks for your > kindly help! > > regards, > Charlie CHANG > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Get personalized email addresses from Yahoo! Mail > http://personal.mail.yahoo.com/ >
|Notice: It is very confusing that both Taiwan's and China's current official names are so easily muddled up by the world, especially those who are not familiar with the political, geographical or historical East Asia, though, here we make a brief list of the differentiation between the two countries as follows.|
|China: (Chinese Government)||Taiwan:|
|ROC = Republic of China (since 1912)|
|China's National Flag||Taiwan's National Flag|
|Continental Country||Maritime Country|
|Ruling Party: Chinese Communist Party||Ruling Party: Democratic Progressive Party|
|President: Jiang Ze-ming||President: Chen Shui-bian|
|Area: 3.7 million square miles (9.6 million square kilometers, slightly smaller than the USA)||Area: 14,000 square miles (36,300 square kilometers)|
|Currency: Ren Min Bi (RMB/ Yuan)||Currency: New Taiwan Dollar (NT$/ NTD)|
|GDP.: $1161.6 billion||GDP.: $363.4 billion|
|Population: 1278 million||Population: 22.31 million|
|GDP per head: $909.0||GDP per head: $16,300.0|
Location of China and Taiwan in East Asia
|Index||Rumour||Clarification #1||Clarification #2||Clarification #3|