Bi Anshen, a retired French professor, holds a master's degree in the seventh University of Paris, France. He came to Taiwan in 1979 for exchange because of the cooperation between the University and the Department of foreign languages of Taiwan University. Later, he decided to stay in Taiwan to teach because he liked Taiwan. He is a pioneer of French Education in Taiwan. He not only taught French at NTU, but also was an artist. He has been involved in the production of Taiwan's new wave films. He has translated the works of Hou Xiaoxian, Cai Mingliang, Yang Dechang and Wang Jiawei into French. He also played Kong kong'er, the wizard of the western regions in the assassin Nie yinniang.
On the evening of October 16, 2016, Bi Ansheng, a 68 year old retired French professor, artist and actor living alone in Taipei, fell from his balcony on the 10th floor of a building in Wanning street, Wenshan District and died. The cause of death is still under investigation, but it is suspected that he jumped from a building to commit suicide due to long-term emotional pain.
Bi Ansheng, a French professor at National Taiwan University, made friends with film makers such as Cai Mingliang, Hou Xiaoxian, Yang Dechang, and Wang Jiawei for his French translation. Gong Li consulted him for French during her shooting of young Hannibal. In his new film Nie yinniang, which won the Cannes Film Festival's best director award, he plays Kong kong'er, who looks like a Persian and is proficient in western region magic.
Bi an Sheng and Zeng Jingchao, the former agent of Gong Li, have been a gay partner for 35 years. Li Yanrong, a student of Bi an Sheng and a candidate for the democratic party alliance's legislative committee, also wrote a moving story between them online, calling for the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Fall to death
Bi Ansheng and Gong Li's agent Zeng Jingchao are gay partners. They have worked hand in hand for 35 years. After Zeng Jingchao fell ill in 2015, knowing that he was not proficient in Chinese, he asked his sister to find a lawyer to deal with his property, hoping to leave enough money for him to continue to live in their home. Zeng Jingchao's family came to a lawyer and a notary to make a will. However, due to his depression, Bi Ansheng did not study the contents of the will. At the same time, he knew that his partner had high self-esteem and didn't want his friends to see him haggard, so he didn't spread the news that he was seriously ill. At this time, Zeng Jingchao's family had begun to transfer their property. When Zeng Jingchao was seriously ill, they forced him to oxygenate his lungs to maintain his life.
Seeing Zeng Jingchao, who had lost consciousness but was tied to the hospital bed for oxygen, he was heartbroken all his life. He hoped that his partner would end his painful struggle, but because he was not Zeng Jingchao's legal partner and had no right to participate in his family's decision, he had to leave the hospital sadly. Three days later, Zeng Jingchao died. Since then, he has been depressed all his life, drinking vodka at home all day, "repeatedly sleeping, waking up and crying".
On October 16, 2016, he was found dead after falling from a building.
Li Yanrong wrote in the article: "for all people who love each other to the end of their company, they need not worry that everything they share with their partner will be taken away, and they can make the final medical decision for their loved ones before their partner's sickbed." she called for the early legalization of gay marriage. "35 years of living together, just because there is no marriage relationship, in the end, they are still left to be slaughtered."
Li Yanrong also revealed that the teacher had disclosed a last wish to him before he died, hoping that he could mix with Zeng Jingchao's ashes and scatter them into the sea after his death. In the year after Zeng Jingchao's death, he spent his whole life in agony and shock. He often talked to his students about what to do with his belongings and cats if he died. The students didn't care too much. They didn't expect that such a tragedy happened now.
Because of the Taiwan comrades' parade, this sad story shared by Li Yanrong was widely circulated and reprinted on the Internet. Netizens left messages to express their heartache, and many students mourned for their teachers. Some netizens appealed: "heterosexuality may not last so long", "I hope this tragedy will not happen again."
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