For those of you who think Ang Lee is pro-democracy, pro-green (or even non-partisan, for that matter) – think again. But that is not the main reason why I post this newsclip…
[quote]BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) – Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee has expressed his hope that Taiwan should focus more on culture rather than on politics, local Taiwan media reported on Wednesday.
"Every time I return to Taiwan, I am met with various election campaigns with posters of candidates everywhere," Lee said. "I hope Taiwan can make more efforts in culture and life."[/quote]
While I agree that the election campaigning in Taiwan is much too loud and boisterous and infringes too much on people’s right to be left alone (election campaign rules are seriously needed) – that is certainly not a reflection on Taiwan’s “lack of focus in culture”. And what the hell does he mean by “culture” anyhow? In my opinion, the Taiwanese should be extremely proud of the fact that political opinion is a big part of their lives. Participation is key to a healthy democracy.
[quote] He added that Taiwan should abandon the negative political struggle which only brings destruction.
"To destroy culture is easy but to maintain and continue cultural progress is very hard," he acknowledged. "I hope more culture is added to politics but no politics to culture. Or it just resembles playing mah-jong, in which capitals become fewer with more plays."[/quote]
Does anyone know what the hell he’s talking about here? "Cultural progress is a part of EVERY society. You NEVER lose your culture – ever. It changes and evolves through political movements and otherwise. Politics is a part of culture. You cannot separate the two.
Seriously, I think Ang Lee should stick to movie-making and forget about lecturing the Taiwanese.