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China: Singers banned for nationalist statements and actions

21 January 2016

Tzuyu Taiwan

Taiwanese-born singer Michael Huang’s songs and appearances on shows have been banned on Taiwanese media after he made critical comments against a teen pop star holding up the island’s flag during her appearance on a TV show, reported Now K Pop.

On 8 January 2016 Huang posted a message on popular Chinese micro-blogging site Sina Weibo, accusing 16-year-old Taiwanese star Chou Tzuyu of promoting the Taiwanese independence movement after she was filmed holding up the Taiwanese flag on her appearance of an episode of My Little Television, a South Korean variety show, reported Yonhap News. Huang’s post featured a screen shot of Tzuyu holding both the Taiwanese and South Korean flags.

All Taiwanese shows have banned Huang’s appearances and several radio stations have banned his music due to his recent comments, which were seen as anti-Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Tzuyu, a member of K-pop group Twice, has also faced repercussions for her actions seen as anti-China and has been banned from performing on China’s Anhui TV’s Spring Festival program, for which she was originally scheduled to appear. The TV station has also asked her promoter, South Korean entertainment group JYP, to return their deposits of 100,000 Chinese Yuan (about USD 15,000), reported The China Post.

While JYP has refused to pay the sum, it has offered the TV station the ability to feature other artists under the group’s umbrella for a reduced fee, and said in a statement that even though the statements against Tzuyu are “malicious rumours”, it has “decided to halt all of Tzuyu’s activities in China” until the matter is resolved.

On 15 January 2016 Tzuyu posted an emotional apology via YouTube and said “there is only one China”.

While Taiwan – also called Republic of China (ROC) – has been a sovereign state since 1949,  mainland China – People’s Republic of China (PRC) – still considers Taiwan a part of PRC.


Sources

» South China Morning Post – 18 January 2016:
“Separatist” label “unfair” for Taiwan’s teen pop star Chou Tzu-yu: Chinese state media

» Quartz – 16 January 2016:
A 16-year-old pop star was forced to apologize to China for waving Taiwan’s flag

» The China Post – 14 January 2016:
Media ban music of anti-pro independent Taiwan singer

» Yonhap News – 14 January 2016:
Twice’s Tzu-yu halts China activities after flag scandal

» Now K Pop – 13 January 2016:
JYP releases official statement on Tzuyu’s controversy on China/Taiwan identity

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