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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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More ethnic divisiveness from a KMT supporter

And he's a monk, to boot

Hang onto your lower jaw as you read this article in today's Taipei Times about the founder of the Fo Kuang Shan monastery, Hsing Yun (星雲): Taiwan Buddhist master: 'No Taiwanese'. Here are his disgusting words:
During a press conference at the forum on Friday in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province [China], Hsing Yun said that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family. There are no Taiwanese in Taiwan and Taiwanese are all Chinese."

"Which Taiwanese is not Chinese?" he asked. "They are Chinese just like you are. We are all brothers and sisters."
Is there no brain under Hsing Yun's scalp -- no heart beneath his ribs?

Just yesterday, Michael Turton reminded readers of a few things about this divisive monk's background:
I don't understand religious leaders like Hsing Yun who advocate colonialism; I just steer clear of them. But it is interesting to note the key context that is entirely missing in the Reuters piece. It is correct to say that Hsing Yun is one of the island's most influential monks, but the Reuters piece should have mentioned that he was born in China, fled to Taiwan, and has served the KMT and Chinese nationalism ever since, advocating the annexation of Taiwan to China. He's not advocating annexation of Tibet and Taiwan to China out of some weird Buddhist commitment.
Would you like some science with that?
Here's something to consider: "Eighty-five percent of Hoklo and Hakka people have Aboriginal ancestry, according to a study on the DNA of non-Aboriginal ethnic Taiwanese."

FURTHER READING:
* TaiwanDNA.com

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