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This is not the first time that Taiwan TV programs caused an online agony in the mainland. Earlier this year, a Taiwan commentator said many people in the Chinese mainland can't afford to buy a "tea egg," a popular savory street snack,which is only 0.6 yuan.|
People in the mainland see such comments as proof of wide misconceptions many Taiwanese hold toward the mainland. Some Taiwanese people are unaware of or are not used to the fact that the mainland has transcended its underdeveloped past to become an economic powerhouse, and they still display a superiority complex toward mainlanders. This makes the mainland an easy target for Taiwan's media.
Thus the mainland audience is able to see how there is a lack of understanding among Taiwanese toward the mainland, and how, a few months ago, Taiwan students initiated the sunflower movement to object to a trade pact with the mainland at the cost of the island's economic prosperity.
This certainly has created some negative sentiments between mainlanders and Taiwanese, as the mainlanders find that Taiwanese society, which prides itself on its democratic practice and rule of law, behaves irrationally toward its mainland counterpart.
From mainland online opinions, we can see that Net users just laughed off the comments made on Taiwan TV.
Actually, many of them are fans of Taiwan's programs, especially entertainment ones. After they watch the programs and experience Taiwan, they feel it is a place as familiar as home. Some Net users from Taiwan have also called on mainlanders to not take unintentional words on TV too seriously. These perhaps are a sign of hope for better cross-Straits relations.