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Man Booker prize criticised for changing author Wu Ming-Yi's nationality

Wu Ming-Yi was put on the long list for the Man Booker international prize this month and posted the news on his Facebook page

IANS  |  London 

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Man Booker prize

The Man Prize has been criticised after changing a nominee's nationality from to "Taiwan, China" after exerted pressure on the organisers of the literary prize, the media reported on Tuesday.

Wu Ming-Yi was put on the long list for the Man prize this month and posted the news on his page, reported.

His nominated novel, "The Stolen Bicycle", follows a bicycle restorer in search of his father and who, in the course of restoring antique bicycles, retraces the history of modern

However, his nationality, as described on Man Booker's website, was changed in line with Beijing's stance that the self-governed island almost 320 km east of mainland is part of

Wu wrote on his page that his new listed nationality did not reflect his "personal position on this issue" and said he would be making his views known to Man

Soon Man Booker's page was filled with criticism and one-star reviews, reported.

Man Booker said on Tuesday it was "seeking clarification" from the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the country's official position on

The awards organiser said it had received earlier advice that "Taiwan, China, was the correct, politically neutral form", according to the

Spruyt confirmed that the awards organiser had received complaints from the

Over the past year, has ramped up pressure on foreign companies that describe Taiwan as a country.

The German and the UK's dropped Taiwan from their lists of countries.


First Published: Tue, April 03 2018. 19:25 IST