Given these circumstances, the TSU should be commended for the steps it took to keep an eye on the Chinese Music Chart concert. Apart from voicing the public’s concerns by protesting outside the Taipei Arena, it is also necessary to observe how the show is broadcast on radio and television, and boycott such programs if necessary. Monitoring and boycotts can be rational and peaceful. Their purpose is not just to expose the show’s effect of belittling Taiwan, along with any infringements of bans or other regulations, but also, within the realm of freedom of speech and expression, to take actions that demonstrate that Taiwan is different from China.
It is important for opposition parties and other concerned citizens to make sure that the Ma administration lives up to its word by monitoring this and other such performances to make sure that there are no breaches of regulations and agreements, and to impose penalties if any such infringements occur.
The Chinese Music Chart concert has been a test case for how to respond to China’s attempts to get its foot in Taiwan’s door and launch a cultural offensive. If China is allowed to get away with this kind of thing, we can expect to see more examples of it taking advantage of Taiwan. This is a test that Taiwanese cannot afford to fail.
Translated by Julian Clegg