■ ARTS AND CULTURE
Manga artists make strides
Comic creations by six Taiwanese students have entered the final selection stage of the 1st Asian Animation and Comics Contest (AACC) being held in Guiyang City, China's Guizhou Province, a comic association spokesman said yesterday. Huang Chih-yung (黃志湧), director-general of Taiwan's Asia Manga Cultural Association, said the students' creations were selected ahead of 3,000 other submissions from more than 10 countries. The Taiwanese works were selected from those entered in a national contest aimed at identifying the next generation of outstanding comic artists, Huang said. The winners of the AACC competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sept. 7 at the Guiyang Grand Theater in Guizhou Province. Winning creations will be exhibited at the Guiyang Art Museum from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9.
Yu Shyi-kun denied a visa
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun, who is visiting Manila, has been forced to cancel a planned trip to Thailand after the Thai government denied him a visa, a spokesman for the DPP's southeast Asian chapter in Bangkok said yesterday. Yu was supposed to fly to Thailand today after finishing his visit to the Philippines, the spokesman said. The spokesman said the Thai government's refusal to grant Yu a visa was a result of pressure from Beijing. He condemned China for its "arbitrary and relentless" repression of Taiwan. Yu had planned to meet Taiwanese expatriates living in Thailand, but was forced to cancel the trip after receiving notice from Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs two days before his planned arrival that he would not be granted a visa. The DPP spokesman said China had pressured Thailand on the grounds that Yu is an advocate of Taiwanese independence. Yu could have applied for a landing visa, but deemed such a move "too demeaning."