(附中文) When applying for the loan for students studying abroad from Taipei municipal government, I surprisingly found that students studying in China could not apply for the loan. If we are two independent countries, then why not?
Republic of China = Taiwan? People’s Republic of China = China?
There are countless ridiculous things about the identity issue happening in the day-to-day life of Taiwanese.
For me, it is the map in our textbooks circling the whole China as part of Taiwan. It is the polite smiles I wear when Chinese clients claim that Taiwan is part of China in professional meetings. It is the critical decision of writing “Republic of China (the official name of Taiwan)” or “Taiwan” whenever I fill in my nationality in VISA application forms.
The conflicts are definitely not just about the call between Trump and Tsai or about the U.S. underwater drone. Using Taiwan as a bargaining chip? That’s not news…
Always Seek for International Recognition
From indigenous tribes, the first wave of Chinese immigration, Japanese colonization, the second wave of Chinese immigration to the current situation, the complicated history made Taiwanese optimistic, persistent but lost. In decades, we have worked so hard to learn democracy, human rights and justice, and had great achievements in various dimensions to become a progressive country. However, we still struggle in finding our positions, in explaining who we are and in believing in ourselves.
For example, in the gay marriage issue, some people said that “by passing the regulation, we will become the first country to support gay marriage in Asia.” Not until then did I realize how hard Taiwanese tried to seek for international recognition in every. single. topic.
The Movie: “The Moment”
From the lens of the Taiwanese film industry, I found that it was the combination of confusion and persistence that drove the transformation of Taiwan for the past half century. For the future, there is really no shortcut. We need to work extremely hard to understand the global politics and economics and try our best to put Taiwan back to the stage, or we will be left behind forever.
Like most Taiwanese, I worried about the future of this island and constantly feel insecure. If available, I really hope we can embrace dreams and loneliness bravely, and fly to the sky elegantly, as Hsiao-Hsien Hou and Ang Lee did in the film industry.