To the average spectator, it was just another medal given out to a player at the World Cyber Games Finals, which took place in Seattle last weekend. The winner would step onto the podium, wave their nation’s flag with pride, and receive their medal. But in the case of PGR3 bronze-medalist You-Chen Liu of Taiwan (aka D2C-BURBERRYqq), some competitors didn’t take kindly to his medal win and display of national pride.
As You-Chen stood on the podium carrying his country’s flag, he was serenaded with jeers and boos from some players representing mainland China: “F**k your mother!” “Was his mother a bitch dog?” “What kind of trash flag is that?” “You are not Chinese!” “Do you know that this will result us being banned from the competition!” Clearly, the mainlanders were not happy. Most people would wonder why? Why would players from one country care if someone from another country won? Is this poor sportsmanship? Racism?
To understand, you have to realize that Taiwan’s (Republic of China’s) citizens see themselves as a country separate from mainland China (People’s Republic of China). When the communists took over the mainland, the former leaders fled to Taiwan and created the Republic of China. However, the communists of mainland China see the island of Taiwan as a their own territory and do not recognize the “Republic of China” or any hints of independence.
I don’t want to turn this into a political lecture, but the last statement the mainlanders made may be perplexing to some; why would they be banned from competition? Well, in a country where nothing is done without the direct supervision and go-ahead by the communist government (especially when it concerns video games), the mainland Chinese players were reportedly told that if the Taiwanese flag was ever raised at the World Cyber Games, they would pull their players out of the competition for good. This is the same reason why Taiwan doesn’t have a flag (or even a name) when they participate in the Olympics.
We’ll have to wait and see if the communists stand by their policy of pulling out of the competition. Chances are the event organizers will take the heat, with the possible explanation of this being nothing more than an oversight and an accident, and apologize as much as it takes, as they have held several successful events in mainland China.
Source: [Apple Daily]