Ad showing Formosan black bears slaving for pandas angers Taiwan politician

Author denies any political connotations

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/09/26
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Formosan black bears toiling away while pandas enjoy the journey (Facebook, Chen Yi-chun photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An ad showing Formosan black bears toiling away as coolies for pandas has angered a member of the Taipei City Council because she sees it as a symbol of Taiwanese being subjugated by Chinese, reports said Saturday (Sept. 26).

The ad, in an underground passageway near Taipei Rail Station, is a parody of one of the National Palace Museum’s most famous paintings, the Qing dynasty remake of “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” (清明上河圖), in which the humans have been replaced by various types of bears.

However, looking closely at the numerous crowd scenes, one can see Formosan black bears with their telltale white throats carrying heavy loads on bamboo poles and rowing a ship while the pandas enjoy the journey.

Taipei City Councilor Chen Yi-chun (陳怡君) said on her Facebook page that this type of creativity was not funny at all, but disrespectful, while also giving viewers an uncomfortable feeling.    [FULL  STORY]

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