August 17, 2004
place de Fontenoy
- 75352 Paris 07 SP
a thirteen year old Taiwanese boy, Yang Chih-yuan, from
Hsinpu Junior High School, along with five others, won the
UNESCO contest marking International Peace Day. Due to
pressure from Beijing though, UNESCO has dropped plans to
make Yang's painting into a stamp, (as earlier stipulated)
because Yang's painting includes a minuscule version of
are outraged to learn that UNESCO has decided to punish a
boy because of Beijing's politics. There is a certain irony
in the fact that Yang's stamp will now not be used to
celebrate International Peace Day. “Peace” is defined as
“the absence of war or other hostilities.” China's
behavior is a far cry from peace, as China is bringing its
blatant hostility not just to Taiwan, but to this single
child. UNESCO should take a stand against such childish
behavior, correct the mistake and give the Taiwanese winner
his prize without discrimination.
is an international organization that has the responsibility
to represent all children of the world and not the opinions
of the Chinese government. We urge you not to allow China to
censor children and take away their freedom of speech and
expression when these are the very issues for which UNESCO
ask that you reverse your decision.
look forward to hearing from you.
Chi Wu, Ph. D.