Taiwan, and the City of Kaohsiung were happy to receive the news that Kaohsiung City was chosen to host WorldPride 2025, after an announcement by InterPride, November 13. However, there are mixed feelings about terminology used in the announcement that reeks of pandering to the Chinese Communist Party.
Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chi-mai said that Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage and that the choice of Kaohsiung, Taiwan to host the 2025 event is of great pride to the Kaohsiung and Taiwan.
Kaohsiung Gay Parade Alliance, who obtained the rights to host the event said that WorldPride can attract millions of people from all over the world, and that this is a historic moment for Taiwan, and another first for Taiwan in Asia’s gay movement.
However, citizens commenting on social media took chagrin to the awkward terminology in InterPride’s announcements, where it referred to the democratic country as “the region of Taiwan.”
The InterPride announcement using the term “region of Taiwan” was included on InterPride’s official website and social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that according to its understanding, the terminology was due to pressure from China, and that MOFA is maintaining close contact with local sponsor Kaohsiung Gay Parade Alliance to help facilitate corrections via “internal channels” and providing assistance “to ensure the dignity of our country, and the rights and interests of our country’s non-governmental organizations to participate in international events unimpaired by improper political pressure.”
As for the citizens of Taiwan who commented on social media, nobody demanded anybody to refer to Taiwan as “country of Taiwan,” “nation of Taiwan,” or “anything” of Taiwan. There is no need to embellish the term.
A simple “Taiwan” would do.
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