“Miss World’s official line is that if I don’t make it to the opening ceremony, I probably can’t enter this year. If I’m a few days late it might be OK, but the window is closing. At this point I don’t want to give up,”
“I’m going back to China for the Chinese people,” Lin said. “I want them to have hope and see that someone else outside is fighting for their freedom. I guess that’s what they are most afraid of.”
Canada’s Miss World contestant Anastasia Lin speaks with The Toronto Star about how her visa to travel to the beauty pageant at a Chinese resort has been delayed, and her father has been harassed by Chinese officials because she has spoken out about human rights abuses.
She first became attuned to the issue after acting in a movie called “The Bleeding Edge.” Researching for her role as an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner, she spent time at the group’s attention-grabbing displays in Toronto’s Chinatown.
“Because the practitioners themselves, some of them have language barriers, cultural barriers, so when they come here they don’t really have a channel to speak to the West about their experiences,” she said.