China Says Miss Canada Is Part Of 'An Evil Cult'
Miss Canada had a bit of trouble traveling to China to compete in the Miss World competition — the host country wouldn't let her in.By Katie Link | November 29, 2015
The 65th annual Miss World competition in China is still a few weeks away, but the contestants and the drama have already arrived. Well, minus Miss Canada Anastasia Lin. She was stopped at the airport and denied entry into China. (Video via Official Miss World)
"Freedom is our nationality, and Canadian people, we believe in the fundamental value of respect for human dignity," Lin told Radio Free Asia.
Human dignity is the crux of Lin's pageant campaign and it's what got her stopped at the airport. After immigrating to Canada with her mother as a teenager, she started following a meditative practice called Falun Gong. According to China's government, it's an "evil cult." According to Lin, it's a peaceful but persecuted practice that's dangerous to do in China. (Video via Anastasia Lin)