Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Asian Century in Film


The Tokyo International Film Festival descended into farce following a shouting match between the Chinese delegation, the Taiwanese and Japanese organisers over the use of the name "Taiwan".

Representatives of the Chinese film industry reportedly triggered the dispute on Saturday evening by demanding the Japanese organisers of the event change the name "Taiwan" to "China Taiwan" or "Chinese Taipei."

When the Taiwanese delegation refused to back down and the Japanese organisers declined to change the name, the Chinese said they would boycott the festival and withdraw the nine films that had been scheduled to be screened.(1)

The elites of East Asia love their racial purity and nourish xenophobia. With what will be declining populations and a hostility to immigration that would make the Tea Party proud - well - don't hold your breath about that Asian century.

Asia will inevitably need deep political changes to match its economic growth, or there won't be any more growth.

1'Tokyo film festival 'becomes shouting match between China, Taiwan and Japan'' - UK Telegraph

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