For the past ten years or so, sci-fi fans from Taiwan were not allowed to join the Tor Sci-Fi website as citizens of a country correctly called Taiwan. Until just recently, Taiwanese fans had to register at the free website as being from either “China” or a make-believe country called “Taiwan, Province of China.” On the website’s drop-down menu for countries, there was no Taiwan, not even a Republic of China, the nation’s formal name.
But recently, after the editors and webmaster at Tor were lobbied by sci-fi fans from around the world to change the wording on the drop down menu from “Taiwan, Province of Taiwan” (which is not a country) to just “Taiwan.”
To see the drop down menu online at Tor, go to www.tor.com/register
You will find Taiwan listed there now in 2020 in the alphabetical listing of countries under the “T” listings where Taiwan now has its rightful place. Kudos go to the editorial staff at Tor which took into account the letters from Taiwanese sci-fi fans and asked the webmaster to change the drop-down menu from “Taiwan, Province of China,” to “Taiwan. People in Taiwan are happy about this turn of events. The Foreign Ministry in China is not happy with this change, and it has of course complained, to not avail. China is China, Taiwan is Taiwan. There is no ”country” called “Taiwan, Province of Taiwan.” Never was.
Many countries in the 21st century have found themselves bumping up against the stubborn shenanigans of China, but many are now fighting back. For sci-fi fans around the world who believe in the freedom of expression and freedom of speech, Tor’s new change to its drop down menu on its registration form is a welcome change. Bravo.
Hat tip: Keoni E.