‘UNITED FRONT’:Chen Miao-ting and Chen Yi-ting, who received support from Hakka musicians Kou Chou Ching, were charged with vandalism and obstructing public officials
Date: Jan 01, 2016
By: Stacy Hsu / Staff reporter
The two people responsible for defacing the artworks donated by Hong Kong
actor Jackie Chan (成龍) to the National Palace Museum Southern Branch yesterday defended their actions as a protest against China’s cultural “united front” strategy.
“As far as China is concerned, the 12 zodiac animal heads are antiquities looted from them by foreigners and they must be returned to their rightful owner. Putting copies of the sculptures in Taiwan insinuates that ‘Taiwan is China’s lost property,’” 19-year-old Chen Miao-ting (陳妙婷) and 33-year-old Chen Yi-ting (陳儀庭) said in a statement issued yesterday.
The pair said the statues serve as an expression of China’s political message that “both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one family” and that “there is bound to be unification after prolonged division.” [FULL STORY]