Chinese Media Erupt on Angelina Jolie for Praising Taiwanese-American Director Ang Lee

    Maleficent’s Taiwan poster. (douban.com)Director Ang Lee (Cameron Wittig/Flickr)Angelina Jolie in Shanghai, China. (Weibo)Angelina Jolie giving interviews in China. (Weibo)Maleficent ad for Mainland China theaters. (douban.com)

    Angelina Jolie told fans that her favorite Chinese director is Ang Lee in an interview with the Associated Press. Jolie was in China to promote her film, Maleficent. The response caused an eruption on Chinese media and social media. Ang Lee is not from Mainland China, and her statement was taken as a political stance about Taiwan.

    Angelina Jolie giving interviews in China. (Weibo)

    Angelina Jolie giving interviews in China. (Weibo)

    Jolie did not say that her statement was politically related. Her original statement goes: “I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese, he’s Taiwanese but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors, and I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of.”

    What’s ironic is that Ang Lee is an American citizen. Though he was born in Taiwan, his parents moved there from Mainland China after the Chinese Civil War. Lee is definitely of Chinese ancestry.

    There is an underlying political issue being conflated with Jolie’s statement. It’s about whether or not Taiwan should be under Mainland China’s governance. Taiwan’s recent large-scale protests center on maintaining independence from Mainland China. Jolie hasn’t commented on whether her statement was related to the issue.

    Director Ang Lee (Cameron Wittig/Flickr)

    Director Ang Lee (Cameron Wittig/Flickr)

    Lee has won numerous awards for his work. He directed Brokeback MountainCrouching Tiger, Hidden DragonLust, Caution, and Life of Pi, among others. He’s won many awards for his films. It’s no surprise that he’s also won the admiration of Jolie. Jolie’s support met positive response with Taiwanese people.

    Maleficent is currently the number 2 movie in Taiwan, and is scheduled to open in Mainland China on June 20.

    Maleficent’s Taiwan poster. (douban.com)

    Maleficent’s Taiwan poster. (douban.com)

    Maleficent ad for Mainland China theaters. (douban.com)

    Maleficent ad for Mainland China theaters. (douban.com)

     

    Weight Loss, Happiness, Longevity & More Benefits of Tea Drinking
    Prank Video: Speaking in Chinese to Girls in the United States