Taiwanese Student Rebuts WHO Chief, Strikes A Chord Among Japanese, Other Asians

JAPAN Forward 
Date: April 16, 2020

Vivi Lin

On April 8, Vivi Lin, a Taiwanese student studying infectious diseases in the United Kingdom, caused a stir on social media by publishing an open letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Lin condemned the director general in plain language for his accusations that the Taiwanese government was encouraging racist comments towards his person.

The video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on YouTube. With subtitles originally in English and Taiwanese, it has included subtitles in Japanese since April 14. And it is striking a chord with people around the world.

How A Taiwanese Student Fought Back

Perhaps it’s a mark of the COVID-19 crisis that has us all cooped inside following the news, but a Taiwanese undergraduate student in the U.K. decided to fight back at the WHO director general’s unsubstantiated accusations. 

Speaking to Director General Tedros as a Taiwanese, she expressed her disappointment:

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