Anastasia Lin was born in China, but moved to Canada when she was 13, and has since become a Canadian citizen. For the past two years, she’s been chosen to represent Canada in the Miss World competition, but some weird and scary stuff has happened to her in the process.
In 2015, the competition took place in China, but Lin was blocked from entering the country by Chinese authorities, according to the New York Times. Lin was again a finalist in the Miss World contest, which in 2016 was in Washington, D.C. She’s not allowed to talk to reporters without risking getting kicked out of the pageant. Since Lin was in a movie, The Bleeding Edge, she was blocked from attending the U.S. premiere.
While Lin wishes to advocate for human rights and freedom for everyone, it was her study of Falun Gong that first inspired her activism. After China purged the practice, many of the followers were alleged to have been jailed without trials and even tortured
China’s hesitation is due to the fact that Lin is a vocal supporter and an adherent of Falun Gong, a meditation-based spiritual practice that amassed tens of millions of followers until 1999 when it was branded a “heretical organization” by the Communist Party. Falun Gong practitioners were subsequently silenced through the Communist Party’s harsh methods.
Why is this happening? Lin, 26, is an actress and human rights activist on top of being a pageant queen, and she has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government’s human rights
The Chinese government has not left out any trick to stop Anastasia from going to the world media.None of this has truly kept Anastasia Lin silent. She has found other platforms for her advocacy and the spotlight on her only seems to be getting bigger as the attempts at censorship get more aggressive.
Anastasia’s courage of conviction reflects in her favorite quotes from a Canadian PM:
“I am a Canadian,
a free Canadian,
free to speak without fear,
free to worship in my own way,
free to stand for what I think right,
free to oppose what I believe wrong,
or free to choose those
who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom
I pledge to uphold
for myself and all mankind.”
— John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada