- 20 November 2018
- by Zack Sharf
The Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese film industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, got overshadowed by controversy this year after Fu Yue, the director of Best Documentary winner “Our Youth in Taiwan,” used her acceptance speech to advocate for Taiwan’s independence. “I hope one day our country will be recognized and treated as a truly independent entity,” Fu said. “This is my biggest wish as a Taiwanese.”
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According to China Film Insider, the audience at the Golden Horse Awards reacted awkwardly to Fu’s speech. Tension between mainland China and Taiwan has existed for decades. Although Taiwan has been self-ruling since 1949, Beijing still considers Taiwan to be a wayward province and has gone to great lengths to limit its independence. Most recently, Beijing pushed airlines to stop naming Taiwan a country.
Television and streaming coverage of the awards ceremony went black as Fu’s speech was censored in China for her remarks.
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