The father of a pre-schooler smashed a toy rabbit and posted pictures on-line after the Chinese-made educational toy said “the biggest island in China is Taiwan.” The incident drew comments from the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and legislators.
The father purchased the “Showtime Rabbit story machine” on the Chinese shopping website Taobao. The toy is marketed as teaching Chinese culture, stories, songs, geography, music, and more. It was priced at 15 yuan to 30 yuan (about NT$ 69 ~ 138). The geography unit, includes what is China’s longest river, China’s largest province, and “China’s largest island.”
Mainland Affairs Council Minister Katherine Chang (張小月) said the toy was very inappropriate. Taiwan has never been part of mainland China, and China shouldn’t use children for its political unification agenda.
Democratic Progressive Party legislator Pasuya Yao (姚文智) asked the Ministry of Economic Affairs if there is anything they can do to restrict or control such products. Bureau of Foreign trade Deputy Director-General Chen Zheng-qi (陳正祺) responded that provisions existed to protect national and economic security, but this was an individual case. He promised to make consultations, and report back to the Legislative Yuan.
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