Titled Miss World for Canada, Anastasia Lin was supposed to appear in the Miss World 2015 contest in China, but on Tuesday, the Chinese government denied her from entering mainland China via connecting flight from Hong Kong. The exact reasons are unclear, but evidence suggests she was denied an entry visa because of her strong political views on human rights of the Falun Gong followers.
Falun Gong is a spiritual movement combining meditation and the physical art of quigong. Since the 90’s, The Chinese government has persecuted Falun Gong followers by locking them in custody and physically abusing them. Anastasia Lin is a Canadian Falun Gong follower who has spoken out against the Chinese government, criticizing them for their human rights abuses.
Caroline Davies from the Guardian reported What Lin had to say about the situation:
“ ‘Unlike all other Miss World contestants, I did not receive an invitation letter from the Chinese organisers of this event, and so was unable to obtain a visa in advance,’ she wrote.
‘I was never given an explanation as to why I did not receive the letter. Under Chinese law, however, Canadian citizens are eligible to obtain a landing visa upon arrival in Sanya, so I decided to try attending anyway.
‘Unfortunately, I was prevented from boarding the plane from Hong Kong to Sanya. No reasons was given [for] the denial.’
She continued: ‘The slogan of the Miss World competition is: ‘Beauty with a purpose’. My purpose is to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves – those who suffer in prisons and labor camps, or whose voices have been stifled by repression and censorship.’ …
…Lin recently claimed that after she won Miss World Canada, Chinese security agents had visited her father, who still lives in Hunan province in China, in an apparent attempt to intimidate him.
In an interview with the Guardian, she said she had received a text message from her father asking her to stop her human rights activities.
She said he had told her the security forces had approached him and he felt there would be consequences. Already a business deal her father was making had fallen through because his business partner was scared off, she said.”
What she is doing is very honourable, but for the safety of her father, perhaps she should be less outspoken on human rights issues in China, at least for the time being.
CBC reports that 25-year-old Anastasia Lin moved to Canada at age 13, and is a University of Toronto graduate. Lin is also the star in the upcoming Canadian movie, The Bleeding Edge about and imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner.