Um, you don’t get it, do you?

TIME - Quotes of the Day for July 23, 2007So I was browsing through the TIME Quotes of the Day slideshow and caught the following quote:

“All those descriptions are obviously contrary to the facts, belittling ourselves and confusing the national identity.”

Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Times praising the government’s plans to drop references in school textbooks that recognize Chinese historical figures, places and artifacts as “national”

Hooray for the Taiwanese government for removing the “national” descriptor (implying China) and taking that kind of propaganda out of the textbooks.

Unfortunately, TIME’s (photo?) editors need to understand the quote a little better.

Irony of all ironies: check out the photo and the photo credit.

Photo: China Photos / Getty | Source: AP

Um, DUH! Taiwan is saying that it is NOT China.

*grumble*

That’s one step removed from the “All Asians are the same” mentality and putting a picture of a Japanese girl dressed like a geisha in the photo next to that caption.

(Click to embiggen the screenshot above.)

Also posted at 8asians.

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2 Responses to “Um, you don’t get it, do you?”



  • They’ll never get it!

    I remember someone telling me that Taiwan was the same as China. I think I must have did a super double take because he jumped. I was like “Huh? You’re kidding me right?” People don’t know. They just don’t.

    But I won’t go into that because holy cow I would totally take up too much space!


  • It is confusing for people who aren’t Taiwanese I think. They speak the Chinese national language (Mandarin) and use Traditional Chinese to read and write. They look ‘basically’ the same as anyone else from southern China (although maybe a bit taller?) and their architecture is very similar. I think the differences are more political than anything which makes it harder for us ‘white folks’ to understand.

    However, that photo credit is inexcusable for a source like Time.

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