大家和怡敏一起來 保護地球 支持台灣 

To whom it may concern,

I received an email in the inbox today that shows the pic of an endangered Kemp's sea turtle entangled in balloon strings and rope. Knowing that the Network has several ongoing programs for sharks and sea turtles, I was about to make a one-time contribution - not counting my monthly contribution of US$30 - when I made a shocking discovery.

References to Taiwan, my beloved country, have been downgraded to "Taiwan, Province of China."

Please note that historically, Taiwan has NEVER been a province of China, despite what the latter may claim. Authoritarian China has been bullying international businesses/airlines to remove references to Taiwan as a country, and several businesses - including Lufthansa, Delta Airlines, GAP - have given in to Chinese pressures and downgraded Taiwan's statehood.

Taiwan has its own currency, its own military structure, its own Legislative Branch, its own president, the list goes on. Chinese travelers to Taiwan must obtain necessary documentations to be allowed entry.

Similar incident happened about 18 months ago when I made plans to be a monthly contributor to Polar Bears International, and they promptly addressed the matter, and I've been a happy contributor since.

Please kindly take action and remove references of Taiwan being a province of China from your website, and my monthly contributions would continue.

I'll personally call and follow up on the matter.

Thank you kindly,

Shannon Hu



On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM, Turtle Island Restoration Network <info@tirn.net> wrote:

Hello Shannon,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your concerns. I recently joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network team so I am not completely familiar with all of our content, but I would appreciate any links you have where this occurred so I can resolve this issue.






On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 10:01 PM, Shannon luvs sharks <shannontaipei@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Scott,

Thanks for reaching out to me. References to Taiwan as "Taiwan, Province of China" can be found on the donation page here:

I appreciate you taking the time to address this, Scott. TIRN does wonderful work and I'd really like to continue my support. I've visited WildAid and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and was happy to find that "Taiwan" is referred to as "Taiwan." It'd be wonderful if you'd consider doing the same. :-)






On Sat, May 19, 2018 at 8:20 AM, Turtle Island Restoration Network <info@tirn.net> wrote:

Thanks so much for sending the link, Shannon! This definitely solves the mystery as I was unsuccessful in locating on our website - I failed to check the actual donation form. Apparently, from what I understand the dropdown country list was automatically populated when we changed over to a new database system in December 2017. However, I have asked our team to make this correction.

Thank you again for bringing this to my attention and THANK you for all your support of our efforts.





To : Turtle Island Restoration Network (info@tirn.net)

Hi Scott, thanks for writing me back and yes I'm sure that the matter can be dealt with pretty easily. I just checked the donation form and no correction has been made so far. Please let me know when it does and I'll make a donation to support the shark program - in addition to the monthly contributions that I'm already making.

Thank you,





On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 8:03 AM, Shannon luvs sharks wrote:

Hi Scott, thanks for writing me back and yes I'm sure that the matter can be dealt with pretty easily. I just checked the donation form and no correction has been made so far. Please let me know when it does and I'll make a donation to support the shark program - in addition to the monthly contributions that I'm already making.

Thank you,





On Fri, May 25, 2018 at 5:51 AM, Turtle Island Restoration Network <info@tirn.net> wrote:

Hello Shannon,

I just wanted to follow up and let you know we have resolved the issue and corrected the form fields. We are so grateful you let us know about this incredibly sensitive issue and both me and my team extend our apologies. Were able to work with the vendor service to make the correction. It is also good for us to know should we get new services in the future to check pre-populated forms as opposed to assuming they are correct.


Scott Artis

Director of Development


Shannon, You have done a great job.


Turtle Island Restoration Network (info@tirn.net); techwin.fan@gmail.com

Hello Scott!

So great to wake up to your email and find out that correction has been made! As promised, I made a $50 donation to TIRN and my monthly contribution would continue as well.

I meant to show you a screen shot of the "Donation Successful" message, but what's shown instead is "The page you're trying to access is inactive." However, my cell phone just dinged to suggest that the donation went through just fine. You can check with the TIRN team to find out. :-)

I was also thrilled to learn that you have teamed up with Stream2Sea and developed coral-safe/ocean-safe sunscreens. We're set to move to Round Rock, Texas in early July and as soon as we settle down, I'll order a set for my family and myself (I'll email them in advance to find out if they could minimize the material going into packaging and handling).

Thank you Scott and the TIRN team for addressing this with kindness and consideration. I'm going to broadcast this on Facebook and I look forward to getting your campaign updates in my inbox.

For the oceans,




怡敏 : 台灣是上帝賜給我們的母親,長久以來一直是國際孤兒,我們能為她做一點就做一點。我們不要讓她在國際上孤單。




From: Shannon luvs sharks

這是我所支持的Polar Bears International. 原來他們把台灣列成中國一省,結果我寫信給他們,他們嚇一跳,趕快改過來。


Hi Janet! Good evening from an overcast Taipei, Taiwan!

Thank you so much for addressing the matter so promptly, and thank you also for respecting this particularly sensitive political concern, for us folks.

I checked PBI's regular donation page and to my immense joy, gone was the "Province of China" designation. Yay, thank you Janet!!

But there was one little glitch - when I flipped to the eco-adoption page and scrolled down to country, Taiwan was still designated as "Province of China."

But in keeping with the holiday spirit, I went ahead and made a US$100 donation - as instructed by the elder of our church, who is also being cc'ed here.

Reference Number: 45AE520B-585BD757-889-1E2556

Subtotal: $100.00
Tax: $0.00
Shipping: $0.00
Total: $100.00


Here's what I'd do, Janet: would you email me to let me know when the country designation on PBI's eco-adoption page is corrected from "Taiwan, Province of China," to "Taiwan"? As soon as I get the green light from you, I'll make an eco-adoption (trust me - we're more than happy to do it ;-)) in honor of our church and its grassroots outreach.

We can't wait to having that eco-adoption certificate on our bulletin, and informing our congregation of your work, Janet! I'm also continuing with the reposts of PBI updates, with my Taiwanese mandarin (Chinese) translation.

I look forward to hearing from you Janet, and merry Christmas!






On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 6:50 AM, Janet Stringer <fundraising@pbears.org> wrote:

Dear Shannon,

Thank you for your note and for addressing this in such a kind way. I will be sure to share this with our donor software technicians to encourage them to change their designation for Taiwan. We would certainly never wish to offend any of our supporters and I really appreciate you helping us understand this distinction. I greatly appreciate you sharing this information with us! I will be sure to let you know what I hear from our software technicians.

And thanks so much for supporting us through e-adoption and by sharing our social media posts! Here’s wishing you and everyone at your church, a peaceful holiday season! Best to you in 2017!



anet Stringer
Development Associate
Polar Bears International ®




Hi Janet and friends at PBI, greetings from Taipei, Taiwan!

It's the holiday seasons and to stay festive while supporting one of our favorite causes, the elder and the pastor of our church, Hsin-an Reform Church, have decided to symbolically adopt a polar bear.

And while I was filling out the billing information, I noticed that Taiwan has been designated as "Province of Taiwan," and I'd like to gently encourage the great folks at PBI to address this political sensitivity.

Taiwan is never (never ever) part of China - we have our own military, our own currency, an ever-evolving resource recycling system; we elected a female president in January 2016, and we have one of the most vibrant democracies in the world. Please see the attached infographic.
I have continued to repost PBI's campaign updates and outreach programs (with my own mandarin Taiwanese translation) on my Facebook feed, and I know that they would generate greater interest in Taiwan overtime; with that, I know the people here would appreciate being designated as an independent country, rather than "Province of China."

Please correct Taiwan's country designation at your earliest convenience, and let us know when it's done. We will go ahead with our e-adoption, and are looking forward to hanging the certificate on our church bulletin!

Thank you for taking the time to address this matter, guys!






On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 4:43 AM, Janet Stringer <fundraising@pbears.org> wrote:

Dear Shannon,

Thanks so much for reaching out to us about your recent Eco-adoption. I’m terribly sorry that you didn’t receive your certificate. It’s auto-generated from our website and should have shown up immediately. But we have noticed that with international supporters, the certificates can get caught up in spam filters. I’m reattaching the certificate and accompanying message to my email. Please let me know if you have any trouble opening.

Again, I’m really sorry and I hope that it hasn’t cause any inconvenience. Happy Birthday to Jen!

Please let me know if I can do anything else for you! Have a wonderful weekend!

All the best,


Janet Stringer