Chinese officials sometimes forget that residents and persons in America adhere to a different set of rules from their motherland.
The International Cultures Parade takes place in New York City every year. It is supposed to celebrate the diverse cultures of immigrants and their collective efforts leads to a brilliant and beautiful festival. However there is a dark side…
Throughout the various years since 1986, China has consistently tried their best to block the people of Taiwan (as well as Tibet) from marching. They have succeeded in many fronts. Taiwan cannot march as Taiwan, and Tibet must march the very last or not march at all.
Sometimes China goes so low as to send people to block the Taiwanese physically from marching. In 2004, the Taiwanese got around it the by having the parade officials tell the Chinese thugs to leave. The thugs didn’t have a choice but to go but would not do so without shouting and cursing at the top of their lungs. They did their best to ruin the mood.
But that was on top of China refusing to let us march earlier, so various forces told the city that it was discrimination. As a result the city said that if Taiwan were to be excluded, they would revoke the marching permit entirely and no one would get to march. At this, China had to concede.
But usually they don’t. Sometimes they send hundreds of their people to ‘pass through us’ when setting up before the march.
In 2004 Taiwan marched under F for Formosa although China insisted that we march behind them. China did a lot of underhanded tactics to change things last minute, so there was an entire charade of negotiations. The Taiwanese were not even certain where they would march until hours before.
Recently the Chinese organizations score poor attendance at the International Immigrants Foundation meetings. They just come for the parade.
If one thing is consistent, its that every year will be a fight. This year, in the months leading up to the march, China will try its best to block Taiwan again. They will say that we must march behind them or not march at all. Again, people will be sent to annoy us. They will also tell the Tibetans that there is no seperate culture, and that the Tibetans must march with them or not march at all. They will use their numbers and throw their weight around.