Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Wu Ming-yi's nationality altered; Ministry of Culture calls for organizers to respect writer's wishes.
Addressing the issue of the alteration of author Wu Ming-yi's nationality on the Man Booker Prize longlist webpage, the Ministry of Culture stated March 29 that Taiwan is a sovereign state that participates in international affairs with respect and fairness.
Mr. Wu expressed in a post on his personal Facebook page that the organizers' change to his nationality as listed is "not [his] personal position on this issue," and the Ministry of Culture reiterates its strong concern about the issue and support for the writer.
As a professional organization, the Booker Prize Foundation should not bow to external influence and should respect authors and their home countries.
The Ministry of Culture will continue to make its position known to the organizers through Taiwan's overseas offices and hopes that the foundation will soon restore the listing of Wu's nationality to "Taiwan."
Mr. Wu's nomination marks the first time a Taiwanese writer has been a candidate for the Man Booker Prize, and is a milestone for Taiwanese culture and literature.