“Miss”-ed Opportunity

Anastasia Lin
Anastasia Lin

Miss Canada 2015 was recently barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to the mainland to enter the Miss World Beauty Pageant.  Anastasia Lin is 25 years old actress and human rights advocate.  One of the things Lin publicly advocates for is for the Chinese government to stop suppressing people’s religions, including the one she practices.

Lin claims her father was coerced by the Chinese government (as you can read from the article below that was copied and pasted from MSN which got it from AFP).  If you read this article and this one on human rights advocates and others critical of the Chinese government in China, you would say that Lin is lucky she was not detained.

Here are a couple of other things I read that was a little “interesting:”

Lin implicitly compared herself to Olympic athletes.  That’s quite a stretch in my opinion.  Chinese citizens know when they need to keep quiet and if they make too much noise, they get into big trouble, such as detainment.

“I knew there was a big risk I could be barred…” Lin knew the risks and she is upset that it actually happened.

Miss Canada lashes out at Beijing after contest snub

A Canadian beauty queen lashed out at Beijing on Friday, saying she was barred from boarding a flight from Hong Kong to China to compete in a pageant because of her human rights activism.

Chinese-born Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada in May, said that China was blocking her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for the Miss World contest.

Lin, who told AFP late Thursday that Chinese authorities were suppressing people who “dare to speak their minds”, was speaking from Hong Kong’s international airport where she was blocked from taking a flight bound for mainland China.

“I believe the Chinese government is angry at me because my work brings attention to these (human rights) issues,” Lin said at a press conference on Friday morning.

Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada, speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, on November 27, 2015, after China blocked her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for next month's contest
© Provided by AFP Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old actress crowned Miss World Canada, speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, on November 27, 2015, after China blocked her from travelling to the seaside resort city of Sanya for next month’s contest

“I knew there was a big risk I could be barred but I didn’t want to give in, didn’t want to give up, unless I had exhausted all my options,” she said, adding that she officially remained a contestant in the pageant even if she could not travel to the venue.

The actress has appeared in films depicting sensitive issues in China ranging from corruption to suppression of religion.

She called on the media to question why China would be concerned about a beauty queen.

“Ask them whether they would also bar Olympic athletes from participating in the winter Olympic Games just because they have different views that the Communist Party doesn’t agree with,” she said.

Beijing in July won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. It hosted the Summer Games in 2008 and will be the only city to have held both events.

The beauty queen has actively denounced human rights abuses in China, both on film and in public comments, notably its persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual group banned in mainland China.

The Buddhist-inspired group was outlawed in 1999 and branded an “evil cult” by Chinese authorities.

Herself a practitioner of Falun Gong — which emerged in the 1990s combining Taoist philosophy, meditation and qigong exercises — Lin testified in July at a US congressional hearing on religious persecution in China.

Lin told US lawmakers she “wanted to speak for those in China that are beaten, burned and electrocuted for holding to their beliefs — people in prison who eat rotten food with blistered fingers because they dare have convictions.”

Lin had previously claimed Chinese security agents coerced her father, who lives in China, into pressuring her to abandon her human rights advocacy.

“When I was crowned Miss World Canada, my father was so proud of me,” she said then.

“He received hundreds of congratulatory messages. But within a couple days, my father’s tone changed. He told me nervously that I must stop my advocacy for human rights in China, or else he would have no choice but to sever contact with me.”



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I began writing Elle's Adventure in China (EACh) in June 2014 as a fun summer project, but as obstacles kept interfering with my plans, I forked and forked more options. I took writing this novel much more seriously in mid-July, and want to have it officially published someday in my lifetime. As many artists put their hearts into their projects, so do I. I did not start out liking to read, but a professor suggested a book for me for homework a few years ago, and it was an amazing book. Since then, I read for pleasure, and I hope my novel, Elle's Adventure in China, does the same for as many of you as possible. The same thing goes to writing. I did not like to write until I took a course where the professor and papers made me love to write. I hope every one of you find what makes you happy and dedicated to work. In May 2015, I started my other blog, Read and Write Here (R&WH), as a place to post other things that aren't China- and Chinese culture-related and not EACh. I share some of my memories and experiences from student teaching, irregular participation in Daily Prompts, etc. I'd like to have regular people and bloggers to write book reviews and post it on R&WH someday. Keep reading and writing!

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