Children’s book accused of ‘Chinese propaganda’ banned in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 12/03/2020
By:  Chang Jung-hsiang, Hao Hsueh-chin,
Wang Yang-yu and Chiang Yi-ching

The book “Waiting for Dad to Come Home.” CNA photo Dec. 3, 2020

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) A children's book that local politicians have said glorifies China's COVID-19 response has been banned in Taiwan, after its publisher was found to have not applied for permission for it to be distributed, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) said Wednesday.

As the picture book "Waiting for Dad to Come Home" (等爸爸回家) was originally published in China, its Taiwanese publisher should have applied to the MOC before it was published in Taiwan, the ministry said in a statement.

Taiwan's regulations stipulate that companies wishing to publish books in Taiwan that were initially published in China must apply to the MOC for approval. They have to include an authorization letter from the Chinese publisher and the book itself in their application.

Since the MOC did not receive an application for the book's publication, it is banned from distribution in Taiwan, effective immediately, the MOC said.    [FULL  STORY]

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