Councilor slams library for ordering ‘propaganda’ book

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 24, 2020
By: Cheng Ming-hsiang and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer

A children’s book titled Waiting for Daddy to Return from Chinese publisher Changjiang Children’s Publishing Group is displayed in Taipei yesterday.
Photo courtesy of Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City Councilor Chen E-jun

The Taipei Public Library system purchased a Chinese-made book that glorifies that country’s COVID-19 response measures, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Chen E-jun (陳怡君) told reporters yesterday.

The publisher, Changjiang Children’s Publishing Group, is a partner of the Chinese Communist Party’s Publicity Department — commonly known as the Chinese Propaganda Department, Chen said, adding that she would ask the library to remove the book from its catalogue.

Taipei Public Library Deputy Director Wang Shu-man (王淑滿) said that an order for nine copies had been placed, but they had not yet arrived, so she would temporarily cancel the order, and have a digital version of the book removed from the library’s online system.

Wang said she would call a meeting of the library’s collections committee to inspect the book before deciding whether it should be added to the library’s collection.    [FULL  STORY]

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