Storm in a tea egg

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

A pro­fes­sor in Tai­wan claimed on a TV talk show that Chi­nese main­land res­i­dents can­not af­ford boiled tea eggs, which caused a pub­lic outcry with people us­ing so­cial me­dia to mock the pro­fes­sor by dis­play­ing their “wealth” of tea eggs.

It is in fact be­yond re­proach that people mocked the ar­ro­gance and prej­u­dice shown to­ward the main­land by the guest on the TV talk show, yet we should re­al­ize that op­por­tu­ni­ties for cross-Straits com­mu­ni­ca­tion and fur­ther mu­tual un­der­stand­ing should be cre­ated at both the gov­ern­men­tal and civil lev­els.

In Tai­wan, there are not only pro­fes­sors who think the Chi­nese main­land res­i­dents can­not af­ford tea eggs, but also or­di­nary people who ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits brought by the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the main­land.

The tea-egg in­ci­dent and the cam­paign against the ser­vice trade pact are caused by mis­un­der­stand­ings. In this re­gard, the me­dia should play a more pos­i­tive and re­spon­si­ble role in reporting and pro­gram mak­ing be­cause such mis­guided views can only be elim­i­nated with the help of ob­jec­tive knowl­edge and ra­tio­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Nei­ther the main­land nor Tai­wan is per­fect. Both should re­spect the other’s dif­fer­ences and learn from each other’s ad­van­tages. Cross-Straits co­op­er­a­tion should not be hin­dered by mis­per­cep­tions.

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