Miss World Canada and former Chinese citizen Anastasia Lin describes her discovery of the Tiananmen square massacre in a video for the Victims Of Communism Memorial Foundation.
Lin was barred from entering China in November 2015 during the Miss World competition for her outspoken activism against Chinese communism. “It’s kind of sad. I mean, I’m just an acting student and a beauty queen. What could they possibly be so afraid of?” she told The New York Times at the time.
China’s mission to Canada responded, “China welcomes all lawful activities organized in China by international organizations or agencies, including the Miss World pageant. But China does not allow any persona non grata to come to China.”
Lin describes her experience growing up in China as “becoming an agent of the state to persecute my fellow Chinese.”
“I wouldn’t have done that if I [knew] the truth,” she said, adding “they are still doing that today.”
Lin emigrated to Canada with her mother following her parents’ divorce and describes discovering the truth about taboo elements of Chinese history. These include the 1989 Tiananmen square massacre, Chinese treatment of Tibetan activists, and the quasi-religious group falun gong.
“In my 13 years of living in China, I never saw Chinese people willing to stand up for others, but on that day they were willing to risk their lives with bullets flying around them,” she said upon learning of Tiananmen for the first time.
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