Anastasia Lin, who won the Miss World Canada beauty pageant in Vancouver in May, said she will continue to speak out about human rights issues despite the threats being faced by her father back home in China.
Lin, 25, said she has learnt that her father had been threatened in China because of her stance against human rights abuses.
Communicating with her father through occasional texts and voice messages, Lin said she realized that her father felt “intimidated” after being paid a visit by public security officials and receiving subtle warnings.
Chinese authorities “prefer I self-censor and not talk or say anything,” the actress told People.
“This is only the tip of the iceberg of a very huge picture,” she told the magazine.
“It’s not just my father – there are millions of other fathers. A lot of Chinese Canadians and those from other countries as well are under constant scrutiny from this government.”
Despite the pressure, Lin said she will continue to voice her opinion, especially if she is allowed to continue to the Miss World competition in Sanya, China, this December.
“I don’t even know if they’re going to issue me a Visa or not, but if I do have the chance and channel, I will continue to do what I do,” she said.
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